Published in the Social Science Research journal, the work was criticized by homosexual advocates. The university has now convened a panel to investigate Regnerus’ alleged “misconduct,” a category including false or plagiarized work as well as “practices that seriously deviate from ethical standards.”
A July 11 article in the Austin American-Statesman indicated that one of Regnerus’ fiercest critics, Scott Rosensweig of the “New Civil Rights Movement” blog, may have played a leading role in the university’s decision to investigate.
The blogger, who writes for the gay activist site under the name “Scott Rose,” accused Regnerus of ethical violations in a June 21 letter to University of Texas President Bill Powers.
Rosensweig told the president that Regnerus’ study was “designed so as to be guaranteed to make gay people look bad, through means plainly fraudulent and defamatory.”
He also claimed that Regnerus, who got funding from the Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation for his work, had done the research with “money from an anti-gay political organization.”
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