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Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

Research Misconduct Definition

The CUNY Policy on Research Misconduct, Policy Regarding the Disposition of Allegations of Misconduct in Research, defines Research Misconduct in section 12.17 as:

“Fabrication, Falsification, or Plagiarism in proposing or performing research, reviewing research, or in reporting research results.”


CUNY policy states that a finding of Research Misconduct requires the following conditions:

1. There is significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant research community.

2. The misconduct is committed intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly.

3. The allegation be proven by a Preponderance of the Evidence.

Under CUNY policy, Research Misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion

For more information, see the Public Health Service (PHS) Policies on Research Misconduct: Final Rule (42 CFR Part 93).

Allegations of Research Misconduct should be reported to the College’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO), Kristin Sommer at:



Last updated September, 2017