Research Misconduct

Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.  As cases of research misconduct show, misconduct is carried out by individuals at all levels and in many fields of research.  For more information on Research Misconduct, visit the Office of Research Compliance and Training website.  Here are a few recent cases of research misconduct:


Research Misconduct Cases

Marc Hauser – In 2011, Harvard found that evolutionary biologist Marc Hauser was guilty of research misconduct in his research into primate cognition.  He resigned from Harvard in 2011. Read the New York Times article.

Eric Poehlman – In 2006, University of Vermont professor Eric Poehlman became the first researcher to be jailed for research misconduct not linked to fatalities for knowingly using falsified data in a federal grant application. Poehlman spent one year in federal prison.  Read the Science Magazine article.

Hwang Woo-suk – In 2005, Korean Researcher Hwang Woo-suk was found to have fabricated research that purported to show that he had successfully created human embryonic stem cells by cloning.  Read the New York Times article.