Research Misconduct

The University of North Carolina at Asheville adopts the principles outlined by the DHHS Office of Research Integrity for scholarly conduct. UNC Asheville defines research misconduct as fabrication, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

  • Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research method or result is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. Plagiarism does not encompass disagreements over order of authorship, rights to publish, or the use of ideas among collaborators.

Policies and Procedures


The University is preparing an institutional program to satisfy the DHHS and NSF requirements to provide a Responsible Conduct in Research training. Until this program comes on-board, the University has adopted the following programs depending on the type and who is conducting the research activity: