A. General Policy
The community of Brown University condemns any form of dishonesty or misconduct in research and accepts responsibility for developing and maintaining the highest standards of intellectual integrity. A climate of intellectual honesty mandates that all scholars have an obligation to conduct research in a manner reflecting these principles.
If it is alleged that research misconduct has occurred in this community, Brown University will act with dispatch and will adhere to the following procedures.
This policy and procedures apply to any person paid by, under the control of, or affiliated with the institution at the time of the alleged misconduct, such as scientists, trainees, technicians and other staff members, students, fellows, guest researchers, or collaborators at Brown University. The policy and associated procedures will normally be followed when an allegation of possible research misconduct is received by an institutional official. Particular circumstances in an individual case, such as requirements of an external sponsor, may dictate variation in procedures. Any change from the normal procedures must ensure fair treatment to the subject of the inquiry or investigation. Any significant variation should be approved in advance by the Office of the Vice President for Research of Brown University.