10.1 Procedures for Dealing with Academic Misconduct in Research and Scholarship
10.1.1 Unethical behavior in research and scholarshipUnethical behavior in research and scholarship strikes at the heart of the scholarly and educational enterprise. A shared understanding of expectations and responsibilities is, therefore, critical — not only to the quality of the research enterprise but also to the collegial life of this community. The appropriate institutional response to research misconduct will vary with the facts and circumstances of each case. In addition to requiring correction of the research record, MIT has recourse to a variety of disciplinary actions against individuals whose conduct violates this Policy, including, in severe cases and following applicable Institute procedures, expulsion of a student, termination of an employee, or revocation of tenure.
Supervisors must enforce the highest standards for conducting research and creating and maintaining records of the research. The risk of misconduct occurring increases in an environment where there is a lack of supervision. Specifically, laboratory and center directors and department heads, faculty supervisors, and principal investigators should clearly articulate standards and protocols for research, scholarship, and creative work, through discussion and review of research, and, when possible, with written guidelines that adhere to best practices.