Northeastern University strives to operate in an ethical, honest, and lawful manner and expects all members of the University community to conduct their activities in accordance with University policies and applicable law.

NU-RES works with compliance partners across the university in identifying compliance risks, communicating and training on compliance requirements, and advancing awareness and best practices.

Research Integrity & the Responsible Conduct of Research
Northeastern University upholds the tenets of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) through its robust RCR training program and through its commitment to fair and thorough investigations of research misconduct.

In addition, we handle other research integrity matters, including allegations of plagiarism, as well as authorship disputes. Please see this guidance document which outlines how we assess authorship disputes versus matters of plagiarism.

Northeastern University is committed to the fair and thorough investigation of Research Misconduct allegations. Research misconduct is defined in accordance with federal policy as:

  • Fabrication: The making up of data or results and the recording or reporting them;
  • Falsification: The manipulation of research materials, equipment or processes, or the change or omission of data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record;
  • Plagiarism: The appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results or words without giving appropriate credit.

Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion. Any individual with reason to believe that research misconduct has possibly occurred must report the matter to University officials. To report a concern, email or contact the EthicsPoint confidential and anonymous reporting hotline.

Research Security
As a global research institution, Northeastern University encourages collaboration with investigators at other institutions, both domestic and internationally. However, it is important for all investigators to be aware of and take steps to ensure that foreign influence does not threaten the integrity of research.

The NU-RES Compliance team is here to help researchers navigate foreign collaborations and engagements while protecting their work from foreign influence. See the sections of our website on International Engagements, Research Security & Transparency, management of Controlled Unclassified Information, and Export Control for more information.

Resources and Training on many compliance topics ranging from the Responsible Conduct of Research, Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), Export Control Regulations, and Research Security are available to assist investigators and college administrators in ensuring compliance in all research activities.

We urge you to report any compliance concerns to the University Compliance Hotline. Concerns or allegations of research misconduct should be reported by contacting or the EthicsPoint confidential and anonymous reporting hotline.

Last Updated on November 24, 2021

Report a Concern

Northeastern University strongly encourages any member of the community to report unethical or questionable conduct including concerns about research misconduct.

To report a concern, you may email Research Compliance or contact the EthicsPoint confidential and anonymous reporting hotline.