(Editor's note: This post has been updated to reflect the findings of a forthcoming audit of the Social Science Research peer-review process.)
The University of Texas at Austin has concluded its investigation of Mark Regnerus and declared the associate professor of sociology not guilty of research misconduct during his controversial study of children whose parents had same-sex relationships.
UT Austin research integrity officer Robert A. Peterson investigated eight charges against Regnerus made by freelance writer Scott Rosensweig (who writes under the byline Scott Rose) and found that "none of the allegations ... were substantiated."
"In brief, Mr. Rose believed that the Regnerus research was seriously flawed and inferred that there must be scientific misconduct," wrote Peterson. "However, there is no evidence to support that inference."
From the university's perspective, the matter is now closed. Peterson explained that whether Regnerus's research conclusions are limited or flawed "should ...1