Whistle Blowing

Description of the Problem

A graduate student has been working in a lab for a year on what she hopes will be her Ph.D. dissertation research. She has been troubled for the last several months by the possibility that her advisor may be manipulating data used in his publications. This past week, she has just discovered what she believes to be incontrovertible evidence that some of his published data had in fact been fabricated.


  • What should she do?
  • With whom, if anyone, should she discuss the issue?
  • Is there a designated person at your institution to deal with such issues?
Gray arrow Whistle Blowing Discussion