Office of Research Integrity

Research Integrity

Policies and Procedures for Responding to Allegations of Research Misconduct

  1. Introduction
    1. General Policy
    2. Scope
  2. Definitions
  3. Responsitilities and Rights
    1. Research Integrity Officer
    2. Complainant
    3. Respondent
    4. Deciding Official
  4. General Policies and Principles
    1. Reporting Misconduct
    2. Cooperating with Research Misconduct Proceedings
    3. Maintaining Confidentiality
    4. Protecting the Complainant, Witnesses, and Committee Members
    5. Protecting the Respondent
    6. Notifying the ORI of Special Circumstances and Taking Interim Administrative Actions
  5. Conducting the Assessment and Inquiry
    1. Assessment of Allegations
    2. Sequestration of Evidence
    3. Notification of Respondent
    4. Configuration of the Committee
    5. Presentation of the Charge to the Committee
    6. Conduct of the Inquiry
    7. Time for Completion
  6. The Inquiry Report
    1. Elements
    2. Notification the Respondent and Complainant
    3. Institutional Decision and Notification
    4. Record Retention
    5. Protection of Reputations
  7. Conducting the Investigation
    1. Initiation and Purpose
    2. Sequestration of Evidence
    3. Notifications
    4. Configuration of the Committee
    5. Presentation of the Charge to the Committee
    6. Conduct of the Investigation
    7. Time for Completion
  8. The Investigation Report
    1. Elements
    2. Notification of the Respondent and Complainant
    3. Institutional Decision and Notification
    4. Cooperation with the ORI including Record Provision and Retention
  9. Premature Completion of Cases 
  10. Institutional Administrative Actions
  11. Other Considerations
    1. Terrmination of Institutional Employment or Resignation Prior to Completing Inquiry or Investigation
    2. Restoration of the Respondent's Reputation
    3. Protection of the Complainant, Witnesses and Committee Members
    4. Allegations Not Made in Good Faith

42 CFR Part 93 – Subparts

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