Research Integrity

The University of Pittsburgh seeks excellence in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge. Scholars are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity in research, instruction and evaluation. 

Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism, in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.  Research  Misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion, or disputes over authorship or credit.  Plagiarism is the unattributed copying or appropriation of another person’s ideas, unique processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

Should the conduct of research or the collection or reporting of research data and information be challenged in good faith on grounds of Research Misconduct, University Policy 11-01-01 provides the framework for resolution of the grievance through a process of peer and administrative review.  Principles of basic fairness and confidentiality are observed in these procedures.  

University of Pittsburgh Policy 11-01-01 closely follows the Public Health Service Policies on Research Misconduct.

To Report Research Misconduct

You may report research misconduct or discuss any concern about possible research misconduct by contacting the University Research Integrity Officer, Craig S. Wilcox, PhD, by email, phone, or in person:, (412) 624-8270, 132 Cathedral of Learning.

Research Integrity Hotline     

Research Integrity Email Address


Questions about University policy on research misconduct may be directed to: Craig S. Wilcox, PhD;, (412) 624-8270.