Science Culture and Accountability

The Science Culture and Accountability plan (SCAP) outlines the strategies for the Department of Surgery to ensure proper policies and procedures are in place to guarantee laboratory safety, proper basic science and clinical study procedures, and the appropriate use of animals in research. These policies will reflect the highest professional conduct and promote a culture in which scientific review and data integrity are held to a higher level of accountability.


The Department of Surgery has prepared a Science Culture & Accountability Plan (SCAP) following the guidelines provided, which details three levels of responsibility for promoting a culture that encourages responsible data management and produces data of the highest integrity – individual, division, and department – and reflects these important principles:

  • We foster an environment where scientific integrity is the highest priority.
  • We emphasize high-quality, reproducible data and results.
  • We value constructive critiques of research.
  • We allow open discussion of any concerns regarding research conduct or integrity.

Each and every member of the Department of Surgery – faculty, trainees, staff, and administrators – is expected to exemplify these values. The department has a shared commitment to the highest standards of science culture and accountability.

Please view the departmental SCAP on the Department of Surgery Intranet (requires Duke NetID).

Department Contact

Jennifer Cheeseman-Janes