ERIC Number: ED422629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Conducting Internal Investigations in the Academic and Research Setting. Monograph Series, No. 61.
Colarulli, Paul F.; Anderson, Howard T.; Kaplan, Susan B.
This report describes the ways in which the goal to reach sound conclusions to investigation into scientific misconductor malfeasance are achieved. It examines the limitations of the "Perry Mason Approach" where an investigator adopts the adversary system and explains how such an approach is unsuited for sensitive issues. The text describes what an independent internal investigation is not, from a discussion of the traditional advocacy or prelitigation approach to allegations of wrong-doing. It sets forth the hallmark of an independent investigation, followed by an analysis of why this method of fact-finding is consistent with the values and standards of the academic and research community and constitutes a viable alternative to the traditional advocacy approach. After addressing specific applications of the independent investigation process, several potential roadblocks to accomplishing a successful investigation are examined, followed by 10 steps for properly conducting an independent investigation. It is argued that an independent investigative approach is often the research community's best option for ensuring the integrity of the institution's response. (RJM)
Education Law Association, 300 College Park, Miriam Hall #818, Dayton, OH 45469-2280 ($20).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Law Association, Dayton, OH.