Reporting Research Misconduct
A formal allegation of misconduct in scholarly research should be made to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) or other University administrators, who will forward it to the RIO (RIO@research.wisc.edu or call (608.262.1044). If an individual is unsure whether a suspected incident falls within the definition of research misconduct, he or she may contact the RIO to discuss the suspected research misconduct informally, which may include discussing it hypothetically. If the circumstances described by the individual do not meet the definition of research misconduct, the RIO will refer the individual or allegation to other offices or officials with responsibility for resolving the problem
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. Anti-retaliation policy
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).