Research Integrity Officer

WMed and its affiliated entities recognize academic freedom, including freedom in research and scholarly activities, as fundamental to our educational and intellectual goals. Misconduct in scientific research and scholarly activities fundamentally undermines the intellectual integrity of WMed as a whole, as well as the reputations of those associated with WMed. Such misconduct is a serious violation of federal regulations and WMed policy, and appropriate action must be taken. All members of the WMed community are responsible to assure that misconduct in research and scholarly activities is dealt with effectively, while at the same time, preserving the confidentiality and rights of all individuals involved in misconduct proceedings. To meet these needs and in compliance with federal regulations, WMed has instituted the Misconduct in Research and Scholarly Activities Policy.

Being good stewards of research ethics is one of the primary goals of WMed. By providing Responsible Conduct of Research education and offering advice on authorship and data management we can prevent issues from rising to the level of Misconduct and we will have a better understanding of each other’s academic pursuits and expectations in the research process.

Responsibilities of the Research Integrity Officer include:

  1. Counseling faculty, staff, and students on authorship best practices as outlined in the Authorship Policy.
  2. Counseling faculty, staff, and students on best practices regarding control and ownership of data.
  3. Providing Responsible Conduct of Research educational activities for faculty, residents, fellows, staff, and students.
  4. Implementing and overseeing the Misconduct in Research and Scholarly Activities Policy impartially without serving as an advocate for complainants, respondents, or others involved in any Misconduct proceeding.
  5. Implementing and overseeing the Conflicts of Interest and Commitment and Interactions with Pharmaceutical , Biotechnology, and Medical Device policies.

To report an allegation of research misconduct, please call 269.337.6170 or email

Anonymous allegations will be considered, however, the allegation must contain sufficient information to permit an objective assessment of the allegation. Anonymous allegations can be submitted to:

Western Michigan Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
ATTN: Jered Cornelison, Research Integrity Officer 
1000 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Research Integrity Officer

Jered Cornelison, PhD
Jered Cornelison, PhD

Jered Cornelison, PhD, served as the Research Integrity Coordinator, assisting the Research Integrity Officer at Michigan State University between 2000 and 2014. In this role, he advised the Research Integrity Officer, coordinated research misconduct proceedings, researched allegations and acquired supporting evidence for allegations, and advised faculty and students on authorship and data management best practices. In addition, Dr. Cornelison gave multiple Responsible Conduct of Research presentations and co-authored the results of research on the effect of Mentoring and Research Misconduct. In 2014, Dr. Cornelison was appointed the Research Integrity Officer at WMed. In this role, he administers the policies on Misconduct in Research and Scholarly Activities, Conflicts of Interest and Commitment, and Interaction with Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, and Medical Device Companies, and serves on the WMed Compliance Committee. Dr. Cornelison’s philosophy as the Research Integrity Officer is to protect the confidentiality and rights of individuals involved in research misconduct proceedings, handling allegations of research misconduct without bias, and preventing allegations of misconduct through responsible conduct of research education and advice.