McMaster investigation concludes that former faculty member falsified, fabricated research


McMaster University has concluded its academic misconduct investigation into former faculty member Jonathan Pruitt and determined that Pruitt breached the university’s Research Integrity Policy. After reviewing thousands of documents and conducting numerous interviews, McMaster’s hearings committee found that “Pruitt engaged in data falsification and fabrication in several papers” prior to joining the university’s science faculty in 2018. McMaster first received complaints about Pruitt’s research conduct in early 2020 and soon after launched a formal investigation. Pruitt formally resigned in 2022 while the investigation and hearing process was still underway.

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