Plagiarism (Verbatim)

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)

                                                       NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
                                                        OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
                                                          OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS

                                               CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM

 Case Number: Al3100087                                                                       Page 1of1


                 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)