Research Misconduct

Research misconduct means intentional, knowing, or reckless fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research or in reporting research results.

A finding of research misconduct requires that there be a significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant research community, and does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations of data or judgments.

  • UGA employees have a duty to report any suspected research misconduct (or concerns about possible misconduct).
  • UGA has a duty to investigate any allegation brought forth.
  • UGA has a duty to protect, to the extent allowed by law, both the person bringing concerns forward and the person who is accused.

Research Misconduct Policy


Please report research misconduct concerns to Christopher King, cking@uga.edu or 706-542-4016.