Procedures for Allegations of Misconduct in Scholarly Activities

Policy Memorandum No. 137

Recommended by the Commission on Research
Approved by University Council: May 3, 1993
Approved by the President: May 3, 1993
Approved by the Board of Visitors: August 30, 1993
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Research, approved the Procedures for Allegations of Misconduct in Scholarly Activities. This formalized procedure provides (1) a mechanism to investigate fairly and objectively an alleged incident of scholarly misconduct and (2) an environment in which the academic community is comfortable reporting fraud or deception without fear of retaliation.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

WHEREAS, all institutions receiving funds from Public Health Service were directed in 1989 to have on file a procedure for allegations in misconduct in science as directed by 42 CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS (CFR) Part 50 and

WHEREAS, the procedure for allegations is required to comply with general guidelines directed by the CFR and

WHEREAS, the statement of professional ethics and responsibilities in the Faculty Handbook (2.2) and role of resolution by the Committee of Faculty Ethics (1.4.12.3) does not fulfill the requirements described in CFR be it resolved that

THEREFORE, a formalized procedure that investigates fairly and objectively all allegations of scholarly activity and complies with the Federal guidelines be incorporated into the Faculty Handbook.

The approved procedures will be incorporated in the Faculty Handbook.

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President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm137