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A. Committee on Scientific Misconduct
The President of the University will appoint a Committee on Scientific Misconduct consisting of seven members. The committee shall comprise tenured faculty members and senior administrators with one at-large student/trainee or staff member. The President shall appoint one member as chairman. The President shall consult with the Faculty Senate concerning the membership of the Committee on Scientific Misconduct.
B. Misconduct Policy Office
The President of the University shall appoint an individual to serve as the Misconduct Policy Officer. This individual will be responsible for:
(a) Working with any individual who wishes to pursue an allegation of scientific misconduct to develop a specific, formal, written complaint;
(b) Providing staff and other support assistance for inquiries and investigations;
(c) Maintaining records of all allegations and institutional responses; and
(d) Serving ex officio (without vote) on any inquiry or investigative groups considering allegations of misconduct. The President shall provide the Misconduct Policy Officer with sufficient resources to carry out the functions of the office.
GUIDELINES FOR HANDLING ALLEGATIONS OF SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT
Whenever an accusation of scientific misconduct is brought to the attention of the University, the University will notify the funding agency at any stage of the inquiry or investigation that any of the following conditions exist:
(1) There is an immediate health hazard involved.
(2) There is an immediate need to protect Federal funds or equipment.
(3) There is an immediate need to protect the interest of the person(s) making the allegations or the individual(s) who is the subject of the allegations as his/her co-investigators and associates, if any.
(4) It is probable that the alleged incident is going to be reported publicly.
(5) There is a reasonable indication of possible criminal violation, in which event, the University will notify the funding agency within 24 hours of obtaining that information.
Whenever an accusation of scientific misconduct is brought to the attention of the University, the charges should be directed to the Misconduct Policy Officer. This officer shall work with individuals who have a specific scientific misconduct allegation against a current or former Howard University researcher. The Misconduct Policy Officer will assist the individual in the development of a signed formal complaint for referral to the Committee on Scientific Misconduct. The Misconduct Policy Officer will take steps to protect the privacy of individuals making reports in good faith.
In the case of anonymous allegations, the Misconduct Policy Officer will record the allegation and all preliminary information gathered in connection with the allegation. The Misconduct Policy Officer will consult with the Dean/Director of the unit involved in the anonymous allegation and will convene a group of no more than three individuals to determine whether the anonymous allegation should be referred to the Committee on Scientific Misconduct for inquiry.
The Misconduct Policy Officer will refer all allegations to the Committee on Scientific Misconduct within 5 working days of receipt of the allegation. The Committee on Scientific Misconduct will determine whether there is sufficient information to warrant an initial inquiry.
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