Some examples of what he has done include:
- hiding common reagents and labware then denying he knew anything about it
- adding detergent to other peoples PBS used in cell culture thus leading to cell lysis
- breaking equipment and not telling anyone
- taking and using reagents you were using for a particular experiment and not replacing them
- informing students assigned to him not to talk to other staff members (his two students quit before their time)
- forging data for a paper (his only one)
I have noticed that some graduate schools in the US are initiating a policy where these things are termed Academic Sabotage. If you are proven to have done these things, you are out.
Have you experienced this? Did you talk to boss and/or superiors? What was the outcome? Does your lab/institute/university have a policy for this type of behavior?
Please share your thoughts because I would like to try an initiate a policy in my workplace to prevent this from happening. The distrust and low motivation this lead to in the lab turned what once was a fun lab into an awful lab to work in. The fact that the boss ignored us and the fact that going to superiors was considered an incredibly insult to the boss just made it worse (hence the low morale).
Edited by AussieUSA, 01 October 2009 - 10:13 AM.