Protection of whistleblowers

ORI Guidelines for Institutions and Whistleblowers
To protect whistleblowers who make good faith allegations of scientific misconduct to ORI or appropriate institutional authorities.
The purpose of these Guidelines is to set forth ORI's suggested approach for handling whistleblower retaliation cases which arise at covered institutions. Substantial adherence to the Guidelines in each whistleblower case affords a "safe harbor" in which conforming institutions will be deemed in compliance with Part 50.103(d)(13) of the scientific misconduct regulation. For those institutions which adopt alternative procedures to comply with the regulation, ORI may review those cases which do not abide by these Guidelines to determine whether an institution has taken diligent efforts to protect the positions and reputations of good faith whistleblowers. These Guidelines also provide information to whistleblowers on an appropriate method of submitting retaliation complaints and subsequent procedures for resolving the complaints. ORI encourages whistleblowers to refer institutions to these Guidelines when making specific complaints of retaliation.
Reference of the resource
Office for Research Integrity Guidelines for Institutions and Whistleblowers: Responding to Possible Retaliation Against Whistleblowers in Extramural Research (1995).
Dealing with breaches of RI
Protection of whistleblowers training
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Pre-graduate students
Post-graduate students
PhD candidates
Early career researchers
Senior researchers
Research administrators
Members of Research Ethics Committees
Members of Research Integrity Offices/Bodies
RPO senior management staff (Rectors, Deans)
Relevant organisational level(s):
System (macro level)
Institution (meso level)
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