Data Tampering / Sabotage / Fabrication

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: A15070044                                                                         Page 1of1

         A University1 informed our office that it was conducting an inquiry into an allegation that a former
         graduate student (Subject)2 falsified research records related to an NSF Award3 by deleting research
         data or results and/or by adding and deleting research data, such that the research was not accurately
         reflected in the research record. Specifically, it said the Subject admitted to deleting data, but that
         she said she had done so simply to clean her account when leaving the University and that the
         laboratory's shared files contained all of the group's data. We referred the inquiry to the University.

         The University's inquiry determined that the allegations warranted an investigation, and the
         University initiated an investigation. We referred the investigation to the University.

         The University investigation concluded that a preponderance of the evidence did not indicate that the
         Subject falsified the research record, that her actions constituted a significant departure from
         accepted practices of the relevant research community, or that her actions were committed
         intentionally, knowingly or recklessly.

         The University recommended no action be taken against the Subject.

         We reviewed the University's report and concurred with its conclusions. Accordingly, this case is
         closed with no further action taken.


NSF OIG Form 2 (11102)