To Comment on a Federal Definition of Misconduct in Research

Dr. Ralph Amado, Vice Provost for Research, calls the attention of the University's research community to the White House Office of Science and Technology's new Proposed Federal Policy on Research Misconduct to Protect the Integrity of the Research Record, and invites comment on it to his office and/or directly to the Office of Science and Technology. The proposal was published in the Federal Register October 14 (Volume 64, Number 198) and is on-line at http://fr.cos.com/cgi-bin/getRec?id=19991014a131, with a call for public comment postmarked no later than December 13, 1999.

The proposal creates a single Federal definition of research misconduct, applicable to all federal agencies that sponsor research and to the institutions that receive their grants. It also establishes guidelines for handling allegations of research misconduct, including protections for whistleblowers and for the accused, and specifies that insitutions must have a "Separation of Phases" in investigation, adjudication and appeal processes.

Dr. Amado invites the faculty to send comments to him prior to the OSTP's final deadline, at amado@pobox.upenn.edu, or by mail to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 212 College Hall/6381. Also, as noted in the Federal Register, comments on the proposed policy may be sent directly to Sybil Francis, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, Washington, DC 20502. Her e-mail address is sfrancis@ostp.eop.gov.


Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 9, October 26, 1999

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