MIT StatementIntegrity in research and scholarship is a bedrock principle of MIT, and we give serious attention to allegations of violation of that principle. Furthermore, federal policy requires that we conduct inquiries or investigations as appropriate when the integrity of research in federally sponsored programs is questioned.
In this case, MIT has worked for nearly three years to meet this responsibility, but has been unsuccessful in obtaining access to classified materials essential to complete this process
In early 2002, MIT commissioned an inquiry into the allegations, which, as has been earlier reported, found that an investigation was warranted. Such a finding is not a determination that research misconduct occurred. Rather, an investigation was recommended to review issues that had been identified but could not be resolved during the preliminary inquiry.
As required by federal policy, the finding of the preliminary inquiry was reported to the Missile Defense Agency, which then decided that all of the information relating to the allegations, including the report of the inquiry itself, had to be classified in order to protect national security. MIT has identified a panel of distinguished outside investigators, all of whom have appropriate security clearances, to conduct the investigation. However, we have not yet been successful in obtaining approval from the Missile Defense Agency to give them access to this classified information. Without that access, the investigation cannot be conducted. We continue to seek the approval needed so that the investigation can proceed.