Office of Research Integrity and Research Misconduct

Colleges and universities are important centers for research and scholarship, as many new discoveries are made by faculty or graduate students working under the auspices of an educational institution. Any institution that wants to develop legitimate, credible research has standards in place that safeguard research integrity. Colleges and universities must also adhere to standards and protocols set by the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI) if they want to gain federal funding for research projects related to biomedical sciences and public health.

When a student, research assistant, or professor is placed under scrutiny for potential research misconduct, most universities consider it a very serious matter. A full-fledged investigation usually follows such an allegation, and the consequences for the accused, should the allegations be proven true, are severe. For this reason, hiring an experienced education attorney to advise and represent you as you go through a research misconduct investigation is essential.

What Is the Office of Research Integrity?

ORI is a government agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It oversees accountability for all research activities within the scope of Public Health Services (PHS). ORI's reach extends to federal agencies as well as colleges, universities, medical schools, research institutes, and any entity receiving PHS research funding. PHS provides nearly $38 billion for health research and development, primarily in biomedical and behavioral sciences.

ORI sets standards for what is considered research misconduct and establishes the scope of the federal government's interest in reliable and accurate research activities. Its policies also act as a uniform code for integrity in research that all ag