DUKE Integrity in Action
This Code of Conduct presents the principles that guide everyone’s work at Duke University Health System (DUHS), the Private Diagnostic Clinic PLLC (PDC), Duke University School of Medicine (SOM), and the School of Nursing (SON). Duke strives to achieve excellence and maintain the highest ethical standards in the way we serve patients and conduct business, research, and education. Our Code of Conduct and our Compliance Program provide the framework to ensure that these high standards of conduct are demonstrated consistently across our organization and that we live out our common mission, vision, and values on a daily basis.
Department of Immunology Science Culture and Accountability Plan
The Department of Immunology strives to perform outstanding fundamental immunological research and is committed to fostering a culture in which the integrity of the research enterprise is of paramount importance. The Department does this by (1) creating an environment in which scientific data are openly discussed and critically examined and in which individuals will not hesitate to raise questions when concerns arise; and by (2) encouraging “best practices” that ensure scientific rigor and data provenance.
All members of the Department of Immunology share the responsibility of insuring that the data generated in the Department is of the highest quality. It is recognized that someone with serious concerns about data integrity or scientific or professional standards may be uncomfortable raising these concerns. In most cases, concerns may be alleviated by direct discussion with the individual whose data or practices had prompted the concern. However, it should be understood that there is no formal reporting hierarchy. Individuals should feel comfortable reporting concerns to the Principle Investigator, to other Department faculty, or to the Chairman, without fear of retribution. Alternatively, concerns may be reported in the following ways:
- You may use the below form. Your comments will go to the Department Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) and be anonymous unless you choose to sign the Email. All tracking of the origin of the comments has been suspended, including IP address tracking.
- You may contact the School of Medicine Compliance Office at 919-684-2144.
- You may call the Integrity Line at 1-800-826-8109 anonymously.