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Whistleblower Policy for Research Animal Misuse

The University of Maryland Dental School is committed to the ethical and compliant care and use of animals in research, teaching and testing. Under federal regulations any person who, in good faith, makes allegations of inappropriate animal use will remain anonymous and will be fully protected from any retaliation.

The specific principles of the “Whistleblower Bill of Rights” are as follows:

  • Whistleblowers are free to lawfully disclose any information that supports a reasonable belief of research misconduct as it is defined by PHS policy
  • The dental school will not tolerate or engage in retaliation against good-faith whistleblowers
  • The dental school will provide fair and objective procedures for examining and resolving complaints, disputes and allegations of research misconduct
  • The dental school examination procedures will not be tainted by partiality arising from personal or institutional conflict of interest or other sources of bias
  • The dental school will elicit and will fully and objectively evaluate information regarding whistleblower concerns
  • The dental school will process alleged research misconduct cases as expeditiously as possible without compromising responsible resolutions
  • At the conclusion of the proceedings, the dental school will credit promptly, in public or private as appropriate, those individuals whose allegations are substantiated

Individuals can report any concerns regarding potential animal misuse and/or animal care to the IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee) by telephone (followed by written documentation), email or written correspondence. The preferred method of initial contact is by telephone so that appropriate action can be immediately taken to ensure the well-being of the animal(s) in question.

Contact information:

IACUC Chairman, Dr. Ross Couwenhoven, Phone: 410-706-7629, email: rcouwenhoven@umaryland.edu

Veterinary Resources, Phone: 410-706-3540. After hours, weekends and holidays: 410-748-4569