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Research Integrity Officer

James Pivarnik, Research Integrity Officer

The Research Integrity Officer (RIO) is responsible for ensuring the MSU Procedures Concerning Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Creative Activities are carried out in an unbiased, confidential, and professional manner.  Research Misconduct includes fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or any other practice, that seriously deviates from practices commonly accepted in the discipline or in the academic and research communities generally in proposing, performing, reviewing, or reporting research and creative activities.  Misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences in the interpretation or judgment of data.  Initial inquiries regarding potential research misconduct cases are held in strict confidence.  The RIO is located at Olds Hall, 408 West Circle Drive, Room 107 and can be reached at 1-517-432-6698 or by e-mail at  Visit for more information.