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Office of Research Integrity

Office of Research Integrity

The Office of Research Integrity plays a vital role in the OVPRPā€™s commitment to Excellence with Integrity by upholding the highest standards of ethics and integrity in research.

The Research Integrity Officer (RIO) is your partner in ensuring that research is conducted with the utmost integrity, honesty, and respect. Together, we can advance knowledge while upholding the values that define us.

Our mission is to:

Educate: We support comprehensive education and training programs that empower researchers, faculty, and students with the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the complex landscape of research ethics and integrity.

Promote Ethics: We actively promote ethical research practices by offering guidance on responsible and ethical conduct of research.

Prevent Misconduct: We work diligently to prevent research misconduct by fostering a culture of open communication, accountability, and collaboration. Our office provides resources to help researchers avoid unintentional ethical breaches and to address potential issues before they escalate.

Investigate and Resolve: In cases where concerns arise, the RIO conducts thorough and impartial investigations to ensure that allegations of research misconduct are addressed promptly and fairly. We aim to maintain the credibility of our research enterprise while upholding the rights and dignity of all parties involved.

Our Services

Learn more about how the Office of Research Integrity can empower you to excel in your research endeavors while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

Workshops: We offer interactive workshops and seminars on various topics related to research integrity, including plagiarism prevention, data management, and responsible authorship.

Consultation: We are available to provide individual consultations for researchers seeking guidance on ethical dilemmas, manuscript preparation, and navigating complex ethical issues.

Reporting: The RIO provides a confidential reporting mechanism for anyone who suspects or witnesses research misconduct, ensuring that concerns can be raised without fear of retaliation.

Report to the RIO directly at or use the OU Report It! anonymous tool.

Review: Our office collaborates with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and various other departments within the Office of Compliance to ensure research on the Norman Campus is conducted ethically and in compliance with relevant regulations.


Shannon Lunt

Assistant Vice President for Research and Partnerships,
Research Integrity Officer (RIO)

Phone: 405-325-6255