The Responsible Conduct of Research Committee is a federally mandated misconduct committee for institutions as set forth in 42 CRF Part 93 (CFR = Code of Federal Regulations). This rule is posted and can be viewed on the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) website at http://ori.dhhs.gov/.
RCR Policies and Resources
The Board of Regents' regulation R10.07.06 states: "Misconduct" includes fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, or other practices that deviate from ethical standards and practices commonly accepted within the academic and scientific community for proposing, conducting, or reporting research, scholarly work, or creative activity. Honest error or honest differences in analysis, interpretation or judgments of data will not be considered to be instances of misconduct.
Click here for the notice, Requirements for Institutional Policies and Procedures on Research Misconduct Under the new PHS Policies on Research Misconduct, 42 CFR Part 93.
Here is a list of Questions and Answers intended to answer questions about the regulation (referenced above) for administrators, researchers or anyone interested in understanding how the regulation might affect them.
Another resource that may be of interest is entitled Analysis of Institutional Policies for Responding to Allegations of Scientific Misconduct that was done for the Office of Research Integrity by CHPS Consulting.