Caltech Policy on Research Misconduct
Note: This policy is intended to be compatible with the
government-wide policy of the United States. It is referred to as
a policy on research misconduct rather than research fraud
because the government did not want the Institution responsible
for proving that fraud had occurred.
Research misconduct is historically a rare occurrence, especially at Caltech, where all members of the community are bound by a very effective code of honor. However, should an instance arise of either real or apparent misconduct, the Institute must act swiftly and decisively, while affording maximum possible protection both to the “whistle blower” (complainant) and to the accused (respondent). That is the intent of this policy.
The term research misconduct has been chosen instead of the narrower scientific misconduct to describe this policy. It refers to all research conducted at the Institute. The chair of each division is responsible for informing the division's faculty, staff, and students of the Institute's policy with regard to research misconduct, and for interpreting this policy. This policy is not intended to deal with other problems, such as disputes over