To: Faculty and Staff
From: Richard C. Levin
Summary: Federal Grant Investigations
June 30, 2006
Re: Federal Grant Investigations
I write to inform you that on June 29 and 30, we received subpoenas for documents from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, and the National Science Foundation relating to the management of grants supporting scientific research at the University. In addition, federal authorities have conducted interviews of a number of Yale employees concerning cost reporting and other grant accounting issues.
Yale will cooperate fully with these government investigations. I expect all members of the faculty and staff to give a top priority to any requests from University counsel and others assisting them for information or documents. I urge everyone in the strongest possible terms to provide complete and truthful replies to questions about these matters – whether the questions are posed by government lawyers or agents or by University counsel or auditors.
As a leading institution in advancing scientific understanding and human well-being through research, we both take pride in the contributions made at Yale and recognize the responsibilities that accompany government research support. Preservation of Yale’s outstanding reputation depends on each of us conducting our work every day with the utmost integrity and highest ethical standards. This is a good time to remind everyone of the Yale University Standards of Business Conduct that govern business dealings by Yale faculty and staff, both among themselves and with the outside world. They reflect the values to which this University subscribes and identify the many documents that set forth the University policies that address these matters. I encourage you to review once again the Standards, at http://www.yale.edu/provost/html/standards.html.
If you have any questions about how to respond to any request you receive, you should feel free to call Dorothy Robinson, Vice President and General Counsel, at 432-4949, for assistance.
Richard C. Levin