Office for Academic and Research Integrity

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The Office for Academic and Research Integrity (ARI) is responsible for implementing the policies adopted by the Faculty of Medicine as well as the policies and regulations promulgated by the federal government and its agencies in the areas of conflict of interest, research integrity and scientific misconduct.

Conflicts of Interest and Commitment

ARI implements and advises members of the faculty of medicine on the Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment.  For more information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions

ARI also supports the Standing Committee on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment.  The Standing Committee is currently undertaking a review of the COI Policy. Although the review is ongoing, in November 2015, the Standing Committee recommended changes to the Research Support Rule (The "I(b)" Rule) which were accepted by Dean Flier and the Policy was updated to reflect the changes. Please refer to the COI Policy for the most up to date policy language.

In addition, ARI manages the annual faculty outside activity reporting process for all HMS and HSDM faculty. A faculty member may link to his/her report at any time to update, revise or submit additional disclosures. HMS currently relies on the annual collection processes of its affiliate hospitals and institutes to meet the annual reporting requirement. As such, all outside activities should be reported through the process established by a faculty member’s primary institution. If you are a faculty member primarily based at an affiliate institution, please refer to your local institution's requirements and instructions in completing this outside activities report. If you are located on the HMS quad, HSDM or the VA, please report at If you do not know where to report, please contact ARI at  

If you have questions or concerns about outside activities and/or conflicts of interest, please contact us at  You can also leave an anonymous message by dialing 617 432-5555.  We take all allegations of non-compliance seriously.   

Scientific Integrity and Research Misconduct

ARI also takes the administrative lead in responding to any allegation of scientific misconduct involving an HMS or HSDM faculty member or trainee. In this role, ARI staffs and provides support to the Standing Committee on Faculty Conduct and any faculty panel appointed to review an allegation under the HMS Principles and Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Faculty Misconduct.

The HMS Standing Committee on Faculty Conduct authored a white paper (pdf) to inform the HMS/HSDM community about the various types of plagiarism, the situations that place faculty and trainees at risk for this behavior, and the seriousness of such research misconduct as construed by University statutes and federal guidelines. The Standing Committee hopes that this information will serve an educational and preventive function, ensuring that everyone in the HMS/HSDM community understands what constitutes plagiarism in order to avoid this serious breach of academic standards and, in some cases, of federal regulations.

Other Faculty Policies on Integrity in Science

ARI also publishes Faculty Policies on Integrity in Science, including:

  • Guidelines and best practices for investigators engaged in clinical and other scientific research.
  • Guidelines for editors and authors of medical textbooks.
  • Guidelines for determining authorship under Faculty of Medicine policy.
  • Guidelines for letters of reference.