A. Protection of the Complainant, Witnesses, and Committee Members
During the research misconduct proceeding and upon its completion, regardless of whether the institution or federal agency determines that research misconduct occurred, the RIO or the Provost, as appropriate, must undertake all reasonable and practical efforts to protect the position and reputation of, or to counter potential or actual retaliation against, any complainant who made allegations of research misconduct in good faith and of any witnesses and committee members who cooperate in good faith with the research misconduct proceeding. The Provost and RIO will determine what steps, if any, are needed to restore their respective positions or reputations or to counter potential or actual retaliation against them and implement such steps.
B. Restoration of the Respondent’s Reputation
If misconduct has not been found, any necessary efforts will be made by the RIO or the Provost, as appropriate, to restore the reputations of individual(s) alleged to have engaged in misconduct. Such efforts may include notifying those individuals aware of or involved in the investigation of the final outcome, publicizing the final outcome in any forum in which the allegation of research misconduct was previously publicized, and expunging all reference to the research misconduct allegation from the respondent’s personnel file.
C. Allegations Not Made in Good Faith
If relevant, the Provost will determine whether the complainant’s allegations of research misconduct were made in good faith, or whether a witness or committee member acted in good faith. If the Provost determines that there was an absence of good faith, he/she will determine whether any administrative action should be taken against the person who failed to act in good faith.