Upon the Vice President for Research's receipt of a written allegation of research misconduct, an initial information-gathering and fact-finding inquiry will be conducted to determine if the allegation warrants further investigation.
When an investigation is warranted, the Vice President for Research, in consultation with the appropriate budget executive and budget administrator, will appoint an ad hoc investigatory committee. The committee membership will include at least five tenured University faculty.
An investigation typically consists of thorough examination of all relevant documentation including research data, proposals, publications, and correspondence. The accused and the accuser are both given opportunities to discuss the allegation with the committee. Any other individuals who may have information about the allegation may also be interviewed.
When an investigation is concluded, the Committee prepares a preliminary report that is provided to the accused. The accused may at that time present a written response to the Committee. If the Committee finds research misconduct has occurred, a recommended course of action is given to the Vice President for Research. The Vice President for Research may accept or reject, in whole or in part, the recommendations of the Committee.