Scientific Fraud and Serious Misconduct

Reporting Allegations of Scientific Fraud and Other Misconduct


All allegations of scientific fraud and other research misconduct should be reported only to the Research Integrity Officials on campus or via official whistle-blower reporting mechanisms available via relevant state and federal agencies.  Cal Poly carefully reviews allegations of misconduct, but such investigations are conducted confidentially to ensure the integrity of the investigation.  It is also important to remember that not all investigations are substantiated by sufficient evidence to warrant action, and therefore allegations should not be disseminated beyond the Research Integrity Officials on campus and/or relevant state or federal whistleblower reporting.

Cal Poly's Research Integrity Officials (RIO) may be contacted via email for formal allegations or via phone with questions related to this topic that are not formal allegations.

Dawn Neill, Research Integrity Officer & Administrator in Charge, Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education (R-EDGE) 

Trish Brock, Deputy Research Integrity Officer & Director, Research Integrity & Compliance, Research, Economic Development, and Graduate Education (R-EDGE) 

Relevant Policies and Guidance Documents


Scientific Fraud Policy at Cal Poly

"On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research" from the National Academies Press

"Responsible Conduct in Research" from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

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