Reporting Potential Research Misconduct

All potential research misconduct issues must go through the Office for Research Protections (ORP) to be handled by the Research Integrity Officer (RIO). As defined in Penn State Policy RP02 "Addressing Allegations of Research Misconduct," there are established procedures for addressing allegations and handling inquiries/investigations of research misconduct. Penn State's policy aligns with federal policies (e.g., PHS and NSF) on research misconduct. The ORP provides administrative support and oversight of this process. Learn more about the research misconduct process.

Anyone having reason to believe that a member of the faculty, staff, or student body has engaged in research misconduct has a responsibility to report pertinent facts in accordance with policy RP02.  To report concerns of potential misconduct: 


To report research concerns that are not research misconduct, please see the information at


Request a Consultation

If you are unsure whether a situation would be defined as research misconduct or have concerns about a research-related matter, email to request a confidential consultation.  For more information, see our resources and tools to help you learn and teach about research misconduct. You can also request a group presentation or training on research misconduct led by our staff.


Retaliation and Confidentiality

Penn State Policy AD67 "encourage(s) and enables any member of the University faculty, staff, or student body to make Good Faith Reports of suspected Wrongful Conduct, and [protects] such individuals from Retaliation for making such reports." As outlined in policy RP02, "The Research Integrity Officer shall endeavor to protect the confidentiality of Respondents and Complainants, and of research subjects identifiable from research records or evidence, by limiting disclosure to those who need to know in order to carry out a thorough, competent, objective, and fair research misconduct proceeding."