UCLA Policy 993, “Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct,” implements the campus’ commitment to fostering a climate conducive to research integrity. It is also intended to satisfy the requirements of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and other federal agencies. Policy 993 applies to all research conducted under the auspices of the campus, whether or not the research was sponsored by a federal agency.

At UCLA, Roger Wakimoto, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR), serves as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), the institutional official responsible for administering Policy 993. If the VCR has a conflict of interest in a research misconduct proceeding, then the Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel serves as the RIO.

University policy defines research misconduct as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

  • Fabrication: making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
  • Falsification: manipulating research materials, equipment or processes, or changing or omitting data or results, such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.
  • Plagiarism: the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit, but is not a dispute among collaborators about authorship or credit.

Research misconduct DOES NOT include:

  • Honest error
  • Differences of opinion
  • Authorship or attribution of credit
  • IP disputes
  • Misuse of University funds, facilities and resources

If you have questions about research misconduct or wish to report possible research misconduct, please contact Ann Pollack, Associate Vice Chancellor-Research, at apollack@research.ucla.edu or 310-794-0387.