Confidentiality and Federal Requirements

Related Federal Requirements

Purdue’s Policy on Research Misconduct and Procedures for Addressing Allegations of Research Misconduct has been written to be consistent with a number of Federal Regulations that govern how allegations of potential misconduct within federally funded research are handled, especially:

Other relevant regulations and policies include:


Broad confidentiality requirements apply throughout Purdue’s processes for allegations of research misconduct (except as required by applicable laws or regulations, and except for those who need to know for the University to conduct its proceedings). This includes those who bring forth allegations, and those about whom allegations are made. Compliance with these confidentiality rules is required by the Policy and Procedures, which also stipulate that violating confidentialities may constitute misconduct, which can subject the violator to discipline under other university policies, practices, and procedures.

The Research Integrity Officer will receive an allegation of research misconduct in confidence and advise the complainant on the confidentiality and non-retaliation protections set forth in the Policy. Whereas an anonymous allegation can be made via the Purdue Hotline (see below), such an allegation can be difficult to process without the ongoing cooperation of the complainant.

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