A few years ago, Richard Miller of the University of Michigan had a serious dilemma: He discovered a former researcher in his lab was doing research somewhere else. Normally, that would be fine — except this research had admitted to committing misconduct in Miller’s lab.
Should he tell the researcher’s new employer?
This turns out to be a a question with no easy answer, especially if the former researcher was simply accused of misconduct, and takes a new job before the lengthy investigation process wraps up. How can researchers balance the need to protect an accused person’s privacy with a future employer’s right to know?
It’s a problem that many fields face, including science. To read more, check out our latest feature, based on material obtained through public records requests and published today as a collaboration with Undark.
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