UK Office of Research Integrity


Research Misconduct

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) supports the institution in its efforts to promote ethical conduct of research.  The ORI provides educational materials and lectures to assist in educating faculty, staff, and students on federal, state, and local rules and regulations in the area of ethical research conduct. The ORI has a designated Research Compliance Officer who handles allegations of research misconduct and the ORI also supports a toll-free free telephone number (1-866-400-9428) as a means of contact for allegations of research misconduct.


Helene Lake-Bullock, Director, 859-257-9428

or Research Compliance, toll-free at: 1-866-400-9428



Research misconduct is defined as plagiarism; fabrication or intentional falsification of data, research procedures or data analysis; or other deliberate misrepresentation in proposing, conducting, reporting or reviewing research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

In cases of allegations involving activities submitted to or supported by a federal agency, the definition for research misconduct specified in the agency's regulations will apply.



  • Administrative Regulation 7:1 ( formerly II-4.0-2 ) Research Misconduct [PDF]
  • Public Health Service (PHS) Policies on Research Misconduct; Final Rule [HTML]

  • Requirements for Institutional Policies and Procedures on Research Misconduct Under the New PHS Policies on Research Misconduct - 42 CFR Part 93 [HTML]

  • Model Policy for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct on Federally Funded Protocols [PDF]

  • Federal ORI Policy on Plagiarism [HTML]

  • Authorship: Points to Consider - University of Kentucky guidance [HTML]

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