In 2004, the George Washington University suffered a major blow with one of its world class research centers ultimately involving the Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the federal court system. This unforeseen incident culminated in criminal and civil charges, departure of valuable faculty, loss of reputation, and an alleged cost of $10 million to the university. How could this have happened, and is there any way that it might have been avoided? More importantly, can this take place at other universities, and what steps should be taken to ensure that it does not occur?
There is no doubt the situation could have been avoided. However, it would have required major changes throughout the university system and in the attitudes of all parties involved. There is so much that goes on at every level of an academic institution. Detecting and fixing possible problem areas is a complex process that can only be effectively achieved if every element in the system is coordinated, and faculty and administrator attitudes change.
This led to the development of a set of principals that, in concert with the proper faculty education, can help any institution of higher learning avoid such detrimental mistakes.
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Seminar A chilling account of the events that took place at GW that led to the demise of a world class research program, individuals, and university, and lessons learned to help you detect and avoid sponsored research pitfalls and catastrophic problem areas