There are three basic phases to any research misconduct investigation once an allegation has been received (allegation, inquiry and investigation):
1. The allegation is evaluated by the Research Integrity Officer to determine if it falls within the definition of research misconduct (fabrication, falsification and/or plagiarism).
2. If the allegation falls within the definition, an inquiry process is initiated to gather information about the allegation.
3. Based upon the findings of the inquiry, a formal investigation could be launched.
The UNL research misconduct policy prohibits institutional members from retaliating in any way against complainants, witnesses, or committee members. Institutional members are obligated to immediately report any alleged or apparent retaliation against complainants, witnesses or committee members to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), who shall review the matter and, as necessary, make all reasonable and practical efforts to counter any potential or actual retaliation and protect and restore the position and reputation of the person against whom the retaliation is directed.
For additional information, please consult the UNL Research Misconduct policy or contact the Research Compliance Services office at 402-472-6965 for general questions.