Responsible Conduct of Research

Oregon State University Procedures for Handling Allegations of Research Misconduct

11/3/89, addendum 8/29/95, revision 12/20/01, revision 03/10/06

I. PREFACE

It is the purpose of these procedures to set forth guidelines for efficient disclosure and resolution of accusations of research misconduct in a manner that (1) protects the public from the results of misconduct, (2) protects innocent scientists and scholars from harassment or interference with their academic freedom, and (3) protects from retribution the individual who unmaliciously presents evidence of misconduct. These procedures apply to all research endeavors whether or not federally funded.

The Oregon State University Procedures for Handling Allegations of Scientific and Scholarly Misconduct were originally developed during 1989 to comply with federal requirements. They have been amended periodically since that date. These Procedures for Handling Allegations of Research Misconduct supersede the 1989 procedures and apply to OSU faculty and other investigators.