University of Hawai‘i
Research Compliance

About Research Integrity

What is the Office of Research Integrity?

The mission of the Office of Research Integrity is facilitate the responsible and ethical conduct of research at UH. Allegations of research misconduct are reported to the UH ORI who is responsible for ensuring the proper review and investigation of allegations. ORI also supports the review of conflict of interest (COI) issues related to extramural funding.

ORI Committees

The ORI provides administrative support to two committees: the UH Ethics Committee and the UH Conflict of Interest Committee. The UH Ethics Committee is charged with reviewing allegations of research misconduct and the Conflict of Interest Committee is charged with reviewing conflict of interest issues related to extramural funding.

Researcher Responsibilities

Report research misconduct: If you suspect research misconduct, as UH investigators, staff, and students you have a duty to report it immediately to the UH Research Integrity Officer at

ORI Program Information

The UH ORI has filed an assurance with the US HHS Office of Research Integrity.

Institutional Identifier:

  • UH Hilo – 0820003
  • UH Mānoa – 0820005

Expiration date: December 31, 2019.

What is Research Misconduct?

The United States government defines research misconduct as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research results. It does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

  • 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: appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit

At UH, misconduct also includes: abuse of confidentiality, property violation, improprieties of authorship, misappropriation of funds, violation of generally accepted research practices, material failure to comply with federal, state, or university regulations, and deliberate misrepresentation of qualifications.