NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM Case Number: Al3100087 Page 1of1 Closeout We received an allegation that a PI (Subject 1) 1 plagiarized in an attachment to an annual report to NSF .2 In his response to our inquiry letter, Subject 1 said that his graduate student (Subject 23) had written the portion with improperly copied text. We referred the investigation to the University. 4 The University found that Subject 1 had asked Subject 2 to scan his contribution to the annual report with plagiarism software, which detected a small amount of copied text. Subject 1 asked Subject 2 to rewrite flagged portions and to increase citations. Subject 2 told Subject 1 that he had rewritten flagged text, but concealed that much more verbatim copied text remained undetected. Subject 1 additionally scanned Subject 2's section and the software did not detect a larger section of copied text. Because Subject 1's scan did not reveal the substantial amount of copied text and because Subject 2 stated that he had rewritten those few portions that did, Subject 1 was satisfied and submitted the annual report. The University concluded that Subject 2 committed plagiarism, for which Subject 1 did not share culpability. The University required that Subject 2 complete four types of training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. We concurred with the University's decision and submitted a report to NSF recommending actions to protect NSF interests. NSF made a finding of research misconduct and issued a letter of reprimand that required Subject 2 to comply with the actions imposed by the university. Accordingly, this case is closed. NSF OIG Form 2 (11/02)
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2017-02-01.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)