The Decision of Provost and Required Notifications

A. The Provost will decide: (1) whether to accept the investigation report, its findings, and the recommended institutional actions; and (2) if applicable, the appropriate institutional actions in response to the accepted findings of research misconduct. If this determination varies from the findings of the investigation committee, the Provost will, as part of his/her written determination, explain in detail the basis for rendering a decision different from the findings of the investigation committee. Alternatively, the Provost may return the report to the investigation committee with a request for further fact-finding or analysis. The Provost will provide written notification of his or her final decision to the respondent.

B. If the Provost determines that research misconduct is substantiated by the findings, he or she will be responsible for determining the nature and severity of any sanction, which may include:

  1. withdrawal or correction of all pending or published abstracts and papers emanating from the research where research misconduct was found;
  2. removal of the responsible person from the particular project, letter of reprimand, special monitoring of future work, probation, suspension, salary reduction, or initiation of steps leading to possible termination of employment;
  3. restitution of funds to the grantor agency as appropriate; or
  4. any other action appropriate to the research misconduct.

Sanctions that affect the respondent’s employment status will be carried out in accordance with those University policies applicable to the particular respondent (i.e., Employee Handbook, Faculty Handbook).

C. If required, the RIO will submit to the appropriate federal agency: (1) a copy of the final investigation report with all attachments; (2) a statement of whether the institution accepts the findings of the investigation report; (3) a statement of whether the institution found misconduct and, if so, who committed the misconduct; and (4) a description of any pending or completed administrative actions against the respondent.

D. The RIO will determine whether any other entities such as professional societies, professional licensing boards, editors of journals in which falsified reports may have been published, collaborators of the respondent in the work, or other relevant parties should be notified of the outcome of the case.

E. A complete record of the investigation will be kept in the RIO office for a period of at least seven (7) years after the conclusion of the investigation.