You tell the truth and take responsibility for your lack of oversight.Hello. So in my junior semester, I was in a lab and accused of academic dishonesty on a lab notebook. It was a group project, and one of my previous partners dropped the class. We performed two rounds of the experiment, so her name was on the original data, but not in the later data. My other partner and I agreed to make one person accountable for all of the pictures (regrettable in hindsight). Regardless, I printed out the pictures without looking over them and there were some of the older pictures in the set with the partner that dropped. I spoke with my professor and let him know that it was a misunderstanding and even tried to corrects the situation by redoing the lab notebook, but he did not accept it. He eventually filed for falsification and fabrication of images in a lab and gave me a zero on the assignment. Essentially, no disciplinary action was taken, but academic action was (I received a zero on that assignment, but still passed the class). This is not on my transcript, so I reached out to my advisor for help, but she has not responded. How would I go about explaining this in my AMCAS application?
In academia, if your grad student fakes data, you as the PI still take the fall.