University of Texas at Austin: Do a Real Misconduct Investigation of Mark Regnerus
  • Petitioned Christine L. Williams

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Chair, UT Department of Sociology
Christine L. Williams
UT Chancellor
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.
Media Contact, UT College of Liberal Arts
Michelle Bryant
UT, Deputy to the President
Nancy Brazzil
UT, Deputy to the President
Charles A. Roeckle
UT President's Office, Chief Communications Officer
Geoff Leavenworth
UT
Board of Regents
Director, UT Population Research Center
Mark Hayward
UT, Research Integrity Officer
Robert A. Peterson
Dean, UT College of Liberal Arts
Randy L. Diehl
UT Associate Professor
Mark Regnerus
UT Media Contact
Gary Susswein
UT Media Contact
Tara Doolittle
UT Provost
Steven W. Leslie
UT President
William Powers
UT, General Counsel to the Board of Regents
Francie A. Frederick
UT, Media Relations
David Ochsner
UT, Legal Department
Patricia Ohlendorf

University of Texas at Austin: Do a Real Misconduct Investigation of Mark Regnerus

    1. Scott Rose
    2. Petition by

      Scott Rose

      New York, NY

UT HAS A HISTORY OF SWEEPING MISCONDUCT UNDER THE CARPET

Only tremendous outside pressures finally moved officials of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) to do the right thing by having an independent outside panel investigate UT Professor Charles Groat.

Groat had carried out a study on fracking wastewater – (concluding that it was non-toxic) -- without disclosing that he was on the board of a fracking industry company and held $1.5 million of its stock.

UT CARRIED OUT A SHAM “INQUIRY” OF MARK REGNERUS

With its perfunctory "inquiry" of Mark Regnerus's "New Family Structures Study" (NFSS) in the summer of 2012, UT has again violated the public trust.

If UT had done a true inquiry, it would have disclosed to the public that W. Bradford Wilcox collaborated with Regnerus on NFSS study design. Then, it would have done a full misconduct investigation.

HUGE, MULTIPLE OUTSTANDING NON-DISCLOSURES OF CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Who is Brad Wilcox, and why is this so important?

In 2010, when the NOM-linked anti-gay-rights Witherspoon Institute organized the NFSS, Brad Wilcox was Director of Witherspoon’s Program for Marriage, Family and Democracy.

Witherspoon’s 2010 IRS 990 forms describe the NFSS as a “major accomplishment” of Wilcox’s Witherspoon program.

Wilcox recruited Regnerus to do the study for Witherspoon. After Witherspoon gave Regnerus a $55,000 NFSS “planning grant,” Wilcox collaborated with Regnerus on STUDY DESIGN. Then, Witherspoon arranged for Regnerus to have full study funding of $785,000.

It is A DOCUMENTED FACT that as Witherspoon Program Director, Brad Wilcox collaborated with Regnerus on the booby-trapped, anti-gay NFSS study design.

REGNERUS GOES BEYOND “NON-DISCLOSURE,” TO LYING

Nonetheless, in his study published in June, 2012, Regnerus LIES by saying that the funding sources were not involved “at all” in study design. In his “Additional Analyses” article published in November, 2012, Regnerus repeated that lie.

Wilcox also is an old crony to Regnerus and to James Wright, editor of the journal that published Regnerus -- Elsevier’s “Social Science Research.” Moreover, Wilcox is on the “Social Science Research” editorial board. It thus is hardly a surprise that when Wright was shown the documentation that Wilcox – as a Witherspoon Program Director – had collaborated with Regnerus on study design, Wright ignored that documentation, and published Regnerus’s lie for a second time.

Formulating and/or changing a study design to produce a study result desired by a funding agency constitutes misconduct.

For a researcher to lie about his relationships with his anti-gay-rights funders, in the pages of a scientific journal – as UT’s Mark Regnerus has done, twice – very seriously deviates from ethical research standards.

In the wake of the UT Groat scandal, UT is pretending that it is reforming its policies, which it has confessed were not sufficient to preventing flimflammery in research during the period Regnerus did the NFSS.

For UT, finally doing a real misconduct investigation of Regnerus will merely be a necessary part of the school’s finally getting its academic house in order.

UT Associate Professor Mark Regnerus is a shameless liar, with no autonomy whatsoever from his anti-gay-rights funders. The evidence and documentation already assembled – proving that beyond all doubt – goes far, far beyond what is stated above in this petition text.

UT must now carry out a full misconduct investigation of Mark Regnerus, if it wishes to begin to repair the public perception that the school is not at all trustworthy.

To:
Christine L. Williams, Chair, UT Department of Sociology
Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., UT Chancellor
Michelle Bryant, Media Contact, UT College of Liberal Arts
Nancy Brazzil, UT, Deputy to the President
Charles A. Roeckle, UT, Deputy to the President
Geoff Leavenworth, UT President's Office, Chief Communications Officer
Board of Regents, UT
Mark Hayward, Director, UT Population Research Center
Robert A. Peterson, UT, Research Integrity Officer
Randy L. Diehl, Dean, UT College of Liberal Arts
Mark Regnerus, UT Associate Professor
Gary Susswein, UT Media Contact
Tara Doolittle, UT Media Contact
Steven W. Leslie, UT Provost
William Powers, UT President
Francie A. Frederick, UT, General Counsel to the Board of Regents
David Ochsner, UT, Media Relations
Patricia Ohlendorf, UT, Legal Department
Do a Real Misconduct Investigation of Mark Regnerus

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Jessica Anderson COVINGTON, LA
      • 11 months ago
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    • shirley peters BURNABY, B.C., CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      All research, in order tp be credible, needs to be unbiased and free from the influence of funding manipulation.

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    • darien stefani AUSTIN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      We are employees at UT, in the sciences. This is a disgrace to the university and casts a shadow on all research done at the U. If we want UT to be an academic leader we cannot allow junk science like this to prevail. This is an embarrassment to all UT science departments. He's got to go, and with a through and open investigation as to how this was allowed to happen.

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    • Mark Mattlage CRAWFORD, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      UT has a bad habit of allowing such crap from its "hired help". The UT student body in general just happens to disagree with Mark Regnerus. Maybe those students should find another university to attend. Get off your asses UT and stop catering to the Republican right. George Bush "ain't" in office anymore!

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    • Monte Abbott ST. LOUIS, MO
      • over 1 year ago

      Social scientists must behave ethically. The future of our disciplines depend on it. Our standing as experts in society depends on it.

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