NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE O F INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM I n J a n u a r y 2007, a University' notified u s it had conducted a n inquiry and had begun conducting a n investigation into a n allegation of plagiarism against one of its faculty members (the subject2). The complainant3 h a d asked the subject if he would provide additional analysis of her unpublished survey data, a n d they agreed they would co-author the resulting manuscript. She provided her material, including the survey, to him for review and analysis. The subject, who was also affiliated with a research group (the group) a t another University,4 shared the survey with the group. Some of the complainant's survey questions were incorporated into a similar survey proposed by the group. When the complainant learned the group used some of her questions without her permission, she alleged plagiarism by the subject. The University conducted the inquiry and investigation. After the investigation, but before the Univeriity adjudicated the matter, the subject resigned two of his positions, but retained his faculty position, so the University made no final decision and took no action. Surveys are not typically published by themselves, but with the analyzed data. I n this case, the source survey was not published. When the complainant learned of the group's survey, she asked the subject to destroy the survey, and the subject complied. Thus, the group's survey was essentially a draft document in t h a t i t was shredded before it was used to collect any data. Although the subject's actions were not particularly collegial, we conclude the subject's action does not rise to the level of research misconduct. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (1 1/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-08-08.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)