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Research Integrity

Welcome to the Office of Research Compliance Research Integrity Program. Our office addresses allegations of research and scholarly misconduct through the implementation of University of Hawaiʻi Executive Policy E5.211 and in accordance with federal regulations.

We are available to respond to questions regarding possible fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, and other forms of misconduct, such as:

  • abuse of confidentiality;
  • property violations;
  • improprieties of authorship;
  • misappropriation of funds;
  • violation of generally accepted research practices;
  • failure to comply with federal, state, or university regulations related to research; and
  • conduct that violates research and scholarly ethical standards.

We address allegations through a confidential three-phase process involving assessment, inquiry and investigation. Allegations must meet specific criteria prior to moving to the next phase. Five-member Review Panels comprised of University faculty and staff members evaluate evidence and make formal recommendations related to determinations of misconduct. The University Vice President for Research is our current Deciding Official who issues final determinations on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further information or to discuss an allegation. While anonymous complaints are accepted, we will need credible, specific information to proceed.

Contact Us

Hotline: for anonymous, confidential questions or to report a concern: (808) 956-5909

Research Integrity Officer:

Ching Yuan Hu, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
chinghu@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-9585

Program Staff:

Virginia Woo
Administrative Assistant
vwoo@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-5909

Zoë Hammatt, J.D.
Director
hammatt@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-9965

Ethics Committee Chair:

Christopher Measures, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Oceanography and Earth Science Technology
measures@hawaii.edu

Ethics Committee Vice Chair:

Maureen Shannon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
maureens@hawaii.edu

Oversight Agencies:

Office of Research Integrity, U.S., Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Inspector General, National Science Foundation