Research Integrity

Maintaining the integrity of our research programs is of the utmost importance at CWRU. The following information is based on regulatory requirements and the University's high standard of excellence.

Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. All employees or individuals associated with CWRU should report observed, suspected, or apparent misconduct in research to the Research Integrity Officer. If an individual is unsure whether a suspected incident falls within the definition of research misconduct, he or she may contact the Research Integrity Officer to discuss the suspected misconduct informally.


CWRU's Research Misconduct Policy (see page 91)
DHHS Office of Research Integrity

Research Integrity Officer Research Integrity & Education Manager
Tracy Wilson-Holden
Yovonda D. Rease

Data Management

The Principal Investigator is the custodian of research data, unless agreed on in writing otherwise, and is responsible for the collection, management, and retention of research data. Research data must be retained in sufficient detail and for an adequate period of time to enable appropriate responses to questions about accuracy, authenticity, primacy, and compliance with laws and regulations governing the conduct of the research. Questions regarding the management of research data should be addressed to the Associate Vice President for Research.


CWRU Custody of Research Data Policy 
COGR Access to and Retention of Research Data: Rights and Responsibilities