Research Integrity

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Adherence to ethical standards of practice and behavior in institutional activities is expected of all members of the Ball State University community, whether they be faculty, students, or staff members.  This page includes Ball State University's Responsible Conduct of Research Plan and the Research Misconduct Policy. 

Ball State University's Research Misconduct Policy: Final Version - August 2009 (pdf)

Provisions exist to review instances where individuals may not have met these standards.  A special case for considering allegations of misconduct arises in research projects which are supported by the Public Health Service (PHS), and by other agencies which have adopted special requirements for grantees when misconduct on the part of the project participants is alleged or confirmed. 

The Research Misconduct Policy is intended to identity steps to be taken when an allegation of misconduct is directed against any member of the university community who is a participant on a research project sponsored by the DHHS or other agencies requiring DHHS procedures relative to misconduct.                                                         

Responsible Conduct of Research training is available through Ball State's subscription to the CITI Program. Instructions for registering and taking the RCR course can be found on page 11 in the CITI Program Manual.

Office of Research Integrity, United States Department of Health and Human Services (

For information or questions regarding these policies, please contact Jennifer Weaver, Program Manager.