standards of integrity. Should academic misconduct occur, early identification and intervention are in the best interests of everyone. Steps to be taken by anyone who suspects that another's research conduct has been improper are detailed in Procedures for Dealing with Issues of Professional Misconduct. The institution recognizes the risks to persons who report apparent scientific misconduct and has made every effort to protect them as well as those who might be accused in error.

  1. It is a professional obligation of faculty, students, or fellows to inform superiors if they have reservations about the integrity of the work of another member of this academic community.



Copies are available from the Office of the Registrar of the School of Medicine.


While what constitutes "original" or "primary" data may differ from laboratory to laboratory depending on the technology used, in every instance an investigator is expected to maintain an accurate record of experimental data that is as close to the original form of the data as is practical. When the ''original" data are so voluminous or are collected and/or modified in atypical ways (for example, in the case of data collected by computer), individual investigators should seek concurrence of their division or department head in deciding what aspect of their research will constitute primary data, bearing in mind the possible future need to support reported findings.

Acknowledgment: "Guidelines for Investigators in Scientific Research," the report of the Committee on Professional Misconduct of Harvard Medical School, was very helpful in the preparation of this statement.

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