Findings of Misconduct in Science

Notice is hereby given that on January 7, 2010, the DHHS Debarring Official, on behalf of the Secretary of HHS, issued a final notice of debarment based on the misconduct in science findings of ORI in the following case:

James Gary Linn, PhD, former Professor, School of Nursing, Tennessee State University (TSU) committed misconduct in science and research misconduct in research supported by S06GM008092 and G12RR03033. Specifically, ORI found:

  • The Respondent knowingly and intentionally falsified and/ or fabricated the data and results of a study in which he purportedly tested the effects of an intervention to reduce sexual risk behaviors in high risk, impaired populations of homeless men with mental illness by reporting false values for variables in Tables 2-5 of Cellular and Molecular Biology 49(7):1167-1175, 2003. In that published article, he falsified the values in Tables 2-5 by altering the values that he had obtained from another author’s manuscript.
  • The Respondent provided a CD ROM disc to TSU’s Institutional Research Investigation Committee (RIC) that he claimed contained files supporting his analyses for the article in question but that contained fabricated and/or falsified data.
  • The Respondent submitted falsified summary data to the TSU RIC during the TSU investigation and to ORI.

ORI issued a charge letter enumerating the above findings of misconduct in science and proposing HHS administrative actions. Dr. Linn subsequently requested a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge of the Departmental Appeals Board to dispute these findings. However, on November 30, 2009, Dr. Linn withdrew his request for a hearing. On December 18, 2009, the Judge accepted Dr. Linn’s withdrawal and dismissed his request for a hearing.

For 3 years, beginning January 7, 2010, Dr. Linn is debarred from any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the US Government and from eligibility or involvement in nonprocurement programs and from serving in any advisory capacity to PHS.



  1. D said

    Providing false data in support of false data seems like it would need a harsher punishment than a 3 year disbarment.

  2. Finally I’ve been jonesing for research misconduct.

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