All members of the San José State University Community are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics, honesty, and integrity in their scholarly and scientific activities.
Research misconduct is defined under SJSU policy and federal law as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.
- Fabrication: making up data or research 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 reported in the research record.
- Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without appropriate credit.
It is important to remember that Research Misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.
If you suspect that Research Misconduct is occurring or has occurred, you can contact Research Compliance. If you make an allegation of Research Misconduct, you are protected from retaliation under federal and state whistleblower laws, as well as CSU policy.
It is important to note that not all disputes over authorship constitute plagiarism. The websites listed below contain helpful guidance for researchers and scholars on avoiding and managing disputes over authorship: