Reporting Research Misconduct
A formal allegation of misconduct in scholarly research should be made to the chair of the department (or functional equivalent) or to the corresponding academic dean or, in case of conflict of interest on the part of the chair or academic dean, to the Dean of the Graduate School.
The university will make every effort to protect the privacy of those making an accusation. However, if an inquiry is required, fairness may necessitate revealing the identity of the individual making the accusation to the individual against whom the allegation is made and to the inquiry committee. Such a release will occur during a chancellor's review and hearing.
Consistent with state and federal law and university policy, the university will take all reasonable steps to assure that any person who made an allegation of research misconduct in good faith will not experience retaliation in conjunction with employment at the university.
Policy to Protect Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Research Associates
Graduate students and research associates are among the most vulnerable groups when reporting misconduct because their source of financial support and the progress in their careers may be at risk by raising questions of wrongdoing. They are also often the closest witnesses to wrongdoing when it occurs and therefore must be appropriately protected from the consequences of reporting wrongdoing and be informed of their rights.
It is our goal to support and protect our students and research associates from circumstances arising because of their good faith disclosure of wrongdoing and misconduct that is not their fault and to encourage them to step forward and report misconduct that they may witness. To this end, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a policy to apply in cases where disclosed information has the potential to jeopardize status, appointment, funding, and degree progress (Reporting Research Misconduct: Policy for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Research Associates).