9. Scientific Integrity
Reporting Misbehavior and Suspected Misconduct
Reporting observed or suspected misbehavior is a sensitive issue. Although there is an ethical obligation to report questionable behavior and scientific misconduct, there is rarely a good outcome for the accused or accuser. The person who reports a problem may be considered a troublemaker, may suffer reprisal, and may become ostracized in the work environment. Yet, failing to report can result in dissemination of false results on which therapies, future research, and/or policies may be based. It also undermines trust in science and science itself.