Research integrity and misconduct

Federal regulations require that the university assume primary responsibility for prevention, detection, and investigation of research misconduct and take action to ensure the integrity of research. University policies establish standards of ethical behavior for all members of the university community and prescribe procedures for due process and discipline for deviation from those standards.

This page provides information on policies and regulations relating to research misconduct. Specifically, this covers allegations of fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism, in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

Campus programs and contacts

Campus program Research Integrity Officer
UC Berkeley Linda Rugg, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
UC Davis Craig Allison, Director of Research Compliance & Integrity
UC Irvine James W. Hicks, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Jill Kay, Director of Research Policy (administrative contact)
UCLA Ann R. Karagozian, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research
Ann Pollack, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research (administrative contact)
UC Merced Samuel Traina, Vice Chancellor for Research
Deborah Motton, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research (administrative contact)
UC Riverside Charles E. Greer, Jr., Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research
UC San Diego Sandra A. Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research
Marianne Generales, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research (administrative contact)
UC San Francisco Brian Smith, Interim Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Kelly Simmons, Assistant Research Integrity Officer (administrative contact)
UC Santa Barbara Michael Witherell, Vice Chancellor for Research
Karen Hanson, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research (administrative contact)
UC Santa Cruz Tani Prestage, Interim IRB Director
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Theresa TriplettInterim Director of Institutional Assurance & Integrity
UC Office of the President D'Arcy MyjerDirector of Compliance
Agriculture & Natural Resources Wendy PowersAssociate Vice President


Recent and Notable ORI Research Misconduct Cases

Office of Research Integrity, Research Misconduct – ALJ Decision 7-13-18 Kreipke: Definition of Reckless

The July 13, 2018, Administrative Law Judge Decision, U.S. Department of Health vs. Dr. Christian Kreipke, imposed a five-year debarment after finding that Kreipke recklessly caused or permitted twenty-three (23) instances of research misconduct in his three (3) grant applications, two (2) articles on which he was the first listed author, and two (2) posters on which he was the first listed author. The judge precisely defined “reckless” within the context of research misconduct in his ruling that Kreipke “used materials without exercising proper care or caution and disregarded or was indifferent to the risk that the material were false, fabricated, or plagiarized.”