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Research Conduct Complaint Procedure

Procedure overview

1 Purpose

To establish the responsibilities and process for managing Research Conduct Complaints at the University.

This procedure is made pursuant to the Research Code of Conduct Policy (the Code), and aligns to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (ACRCR), the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017 and the Student Code of Conduct Policy.

The University will make an effort to promote awareness of all guidelines and legislation relating to the conduct of research, it is essential that all Research Workers are aware of their responsibilities, the University policies, pursuant procedures, and supporting processes that govern the responsible conduct of research, and the process for receiving and resolving Research Conduct Complaints.

2 Scope

This procedure applies to all Research Workers.

3 Procedure Overview

This procedure establishes the responsibilities and processes for managing Research Conduct Complaints at the University.

4 Procedures

4.1 Responsibilities for resolving Research Conduct Complaints

A number of people within the University have responsibility for resolving Research Conduct Complaints, including, but not limited to:

  • the Vice-Chancellor, who has overall responsibility for the responsible conduct of research at the University;
  • the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) who:
    • is the University's designated person to consider Complaints relating to the conduct of research and to oversee an initial investigation process; and
    • provides advice to the Vice-Chancellor where the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) forms a view that there is evidence to support allegations of Research Misconduct;
  • the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics), and the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct) who are the University's designated officers to receive Research Conduct Complaints;
  • Research Integrity Advisers who are the University's designated officers to provide advice to those making, or considering making, a Research Conduct Complaint of their options for the resolution of allegations pertaining to the conduct of research at the University;
  • Research Institute Executive Directors, Research Centre Directors, and Heads of Schools who are the University's designated officers to manage and resolve any issues pertaining to research conduct at the local level and must report outcomes to the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics), for recording;
  • Research Workers and supervisors of Research Workers who are responsible for actively implementing the principles of the Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes, individually or as part of a team, to achieve the standards aspired to in the Code, and also Part A of the ACRCR.

4.2 Who can make a Research Conduct Complaint

Any person, including a person external to the University, can make a Research Conduct Complaint to the University.

Any Research Worker, Member of the University or Student can make a Research Conduct Complaint to the University. Any such person who makes frivolous or vexatious Research Conduct Complaints may be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the relevant University's policies and the provisions of the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017, or relevant contract of employment.

4.3 Obligation to notify

All Research Workers who suspect that another Research Worker has committed a Failure to Implement the Code, a Breach in Research or Research Misconduct have an obligation to notify the University in a timely manner, as described in this procedure.

Where a Research Worker does not notify the University of any suspected Failure to Implement the Code, Breach in Research or Research Misconduct, further action may be taken against:

  • an Employee in accordance with this procedure and the relevant provisions of the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017, or relevant contract of employment.
  • a Student or Non-Employee Research Worker in accordance with this procedure.

4.4 Informal resolution of a Research Conduct Complaint

Prior to initiating a formal investigation, the University will make every effort to resolve issues about the conduct of research through guidance, counselling or other appropriate action.

Allegations of a Failure to Implement the Code or a Breach in Research that do not constitute Research Misconduct should, as far as possible, be managed at the local level in the first instance.

If it is determined by the manager who has supervisory responsibility for the person against who the Complaint has been made that the issue cannot be resolved locally, the unresolved issues must be referred to the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) within five University Business Days, where practicable. Failure by the manager to address research conduct issues in accordance with this procedure may constitute Research Misconduct.

If, in attempting to resolve Research Conduct Complaint at the local level, an Employee becomes aware of other issues which may be classified as a type of Complaint other than a Research Conduct Complaint such as fraud or corruption or a Public Interest Disclosure, the Employee has a responsibility to report the issue in accordance with the relevant policy or procedure for that type of Complaint.

Misconduct unrelated to the conduct of research falls outside the scope of this procedure and will be referred to the relevant processes for resolution.

4.5 Making a formal Research Conduct Complaint

If a Research Conduct Complaint cannot be resolved informally or the Research Conduct Complaint involves allegations of Research Misconduct, a Research Conduct Complaint must formally be made to the University.

4.5.1 Internal Formal Research Conduct Complaints

Formal Research Conduct Complaints may be internally made:

  • to a Head of School, Research Centre Director, or Research Institute Executive Director; or
  • using the University's Student Complaints and Appeals Management System (Students only); or
  • to the Office of Research; or
  • to the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct).

4.5.2 External Formal Research Conduct Complaints

External Research Conduct Complaints are to be made to the Vice-Chancellor in writing and should include as much information as possible and referred appropriately.

Research Conduct Complaints are to be made in writing and should include as much information as possible.

4.5.3 Anonymous Formal Research Conduct Complaints

Anonymous Research Conduct Complaints may be made to either the Vice-Chancellor or the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct).

With the exception of Complaints that are made in accordance with the University's Public Interest Disclosure Policy and Procedure, the University will not normally investigate anonymous Complaints unless the issues raised within the Complaint are of a serious nature and sufficient information is provided.

The University encourages persons considering making an anonymous Research Conduct Complaint to make an identifiable Research Conduct Complaint.

4.5.4 Referral of Formal Research Conduct Complaints

All formal Research Conduct Complaints received by persons/s other than the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) are to be referred by the receiver to the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) unless the Complaint is about the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics), in which instance, the Complaint is to be referred to the Manager (Integrity and Professional Conduct).

4.6 Process principles

Management of Research Conduct Complaints will:

  • be treated seriously by the University and will be managed promptly in a professional manner;
  • observe the principles of procedural fairness and natural justice; and
  • be dealt with as expeditiously as possible; and
  • be dealt with promptly and sensitively by appropriately qualified and authorised officers.

All formal investigations about the conduct of Employees will also be managed in accordance with the provisions of the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017.

4.7 Initial assessment

After acknowledging receipt of a Formal Research Conduct Complaint, the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) will undertake an initial assessment in consultation with the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct). Advice will be provided to the complainant to limit further discussion of the Research Conduct Complaint matter.

As part of the initial assessment the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics), in consultation with the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct), will determine the nature of the Research Conduct Complaint/s and confidentially refer any issues (in full or part), not specifically pertaining to the conduct of research, to the relevant University officer.

Where a Research Conduct Complaint may amount to a Public Interest Disclosure, the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct) must be notified within five University Business Working Days of original receipt of the Complaint, where practicable. Normally this will occur as part of the intake assessment.

The Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) or the Director (Integrity and Professional Conduct), as appropriate, will refer the Research Conduct Complaint to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

4.8 Review by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Following the initial assessment, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) will review the Research Conduct Complaint and associated documentation to determine whether or not a further preliminary investigation is required. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) may seek additional information from the person/s involved. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) may also refer the matter for formal review to either:

  • An independent person within the University who has expertise within the field of research; or
  • A subcommittee normally consisting of:
    • a Research Committee member;
    • the Chair of the most appropriate University Ethics Committee;
    • a representative from the Division of Research and Innovation; or
    • an expert within the field of research, as appropriate.

4.9 Formal review

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), independent person or subcommittee will determine whether there is enough evidence to suggest that the Research Conduct Complaint is not frivolous or vexatious and that either:

  • no case exists; or
  • based on the review of the information, there may be:
    • a Failure to Implement the Code; and/or
    • a Breach in Research; and /or
    • Research Misconduct.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), independent person or subcommittee will review all the information provided and must seek a response from the person(s) about whom the Research Conduct Complaint is made within 10 University Business Days of notification of the Research Conduct Complaint, where practicable.

The independent person or subcommittee, after considering the response will provide advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) as to whether or not there is enough evidence to suggest that the Research Conduct Complaint is not frivolous or vexatious and that either:

  • no case exists; or
  • based on the review of the information, there may be:
    • Failure to Implement the Code; and/or
    • a Breach in Research; and/or
    • Research Misconduct.

4.10 Finding actions

4.10.1 Breach in Research process

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) will take into account the information gathered and the advice provided by the independent person or subcommittee and may:

  • take no further action;
  • advise the persons involved via Notice of the Decision;
  • undertake actions to resolve the Research Conduct Complaint through guidance, counselling or other appropriate actions in accordance with the relevant Student or Employee procedures;
  • enact other appropriate actions as determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) will:

  • inform the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) of the outcome and any actions to rectify the Research Conduct Complaint; and
  • provide a copy of the Notice to be stored confidentially on the Employee or Student file.

4.10.2 Failure to Implement the Code process

If a finding has been made of a Failure to Implement the Code, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) will take into account the information gathered and, if applicable, the report provided by the independent person or subcommittee; and

  • For Employees:
    • where necessary, provide a recommendation to the Vice-Chancellor that the Complaint be progressed into the Disciplinary Action for Misconduct or Serious Misconduct Procedure processes; or
    • other appropriate actions as determined by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).
  • For Students refer to the Student Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule.
  • For Research Workers who are not Employees or Students, please refer to the Non-Employee Research Worker Penalty Schedule.

4.10.3 Research Misconduct process

Where Research Misconduct may have occurred, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) will advise the Vice-Chancellor of the outcomes; and

  • For Employees, where the Vice-Chancellor, after considering all the information forms a view that there is a possibility that Research Misconduct has occurred, the Vice-Chancellor will proceed in accordance with the relevant provisions of the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017, or relevant employment contract.
  • For Students refer to the Student Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule.
  • For Research Workers who are not Employees or Students please refer to the Non-Employee Research Worker Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule.

4.11 Emergency power to exclude (Students)

When dealing with a Research Conduct Complaint and it is deemed that harm has occurred, or there is a risk of harm occurring to human or animal participants or the environment, the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) must be apprised of the situation. The Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) may invoke the power of emergency Exclusion in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct Policy.

4.12 Disciplinary Action (Employees)

The imposition of sanctions or penalties for Employees will be managed in accordance with the relevant provisions of the University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017, or relevant employment contract.

4.13 Imposition of Sanction or penalty (non-Employees)

The imposition of sanctions or penalties for non-Employees will be determined by the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee), in consultation with the Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Students and Communities), and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in accordance with the Student Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule or the Non-Employee Research Worker Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule as appropriate.

4.14 Communication of Decision

The relevant officer will communicate the Decision of the investigation or inquiry including the reasons for that Decision by Notice to the person/s who were the subject of the Research Conduct Complaint within 10 University Business Days, where practical, following the conclusion of the investigation or inquiry.

4.15 Closure of the Research Conduct Complaint

Upon resolution, the status of the Research Conduct Complaint will be updated as 'resolved' by the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) in the Research Information Management System.

Research Conduct Complaints made by Students and received via the Student Complaints and Appeals Management System will also be closed in that system.

4.16 Internal Appeal (Students)

A Student found guilty of a Failure to Implement the Code, Breach in Research or Research Misconduct may be able to Appeal the Decision and/or penalty in accordance with the Academic Appeal Procedure.

4.17 External Appeal or referral

A Research Worker has the right to refer matters to an external agency at any point during the investigation process, however Research Workers are encouraged to only make such a referral at the completion of the University's processes.

4.18 Record keeping

The Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics), or appointed investigating officer is responsible for record keeping all material in accordance with University policy and regulatory obligations. Records will be kept of the Research Conduct Complaint resolution process and outcome and will be lodged with the Manager (Research Integrity and Ethics) upon resolution of the Research Conduct Complaint.

4.19 Confidentiality

Confidentiality will be maintained to the greatest extent possible throughout the Research Conduct Complaint management process.

Notifications required by law, or mandated or required by relevant government and funding agencies will be made.

4.20 Continuous improvement

All Research Conduct Complaints will be used as part of the University's process of continuous improvement.

5 References

Australian Government. (2007). Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Canberra, ACT: Australian Government Retrieved from https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/r39.

6 Schedules

This procedure must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

7 Procedure Information

Subordinate Schedules

Non-Employee Research Worker Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule

Student Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

15/1/2016

Effective Date

15/1/2016

Review Date

17/9/2018

Relevant Legislation

Animal Care and Protection Act 2001

Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition 2013

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Gene Technology Act 2000 (Cwlth)

Information Privacy Act 2009

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007

University of Southern Queensland Enterprise Agreement 2014-2017

Related Policies

Animal Wellbeing and Ethics Policy

Authorship Policy

Award Eligibility and Graduation Policy

Public Interest Disclosure Policy and Procedure

Records Management Governance Policy and Procedure

Research Code of Conduct Policy

Student Code of Conduct Policy

Student Complaint and Appeal Policy

Work Health and Safety Policy

Related Procedures

Academic Appeal Procedure

Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Procedure

Authorship Dispute Resolution Procedure

Disciplinary Action for Misconduct or Serious Misconduct Procedure

Student Complaint Management Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition 2013

National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 - Updated May 2015

Student Complaints and Appeals Management System

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct involves providing aid or assistance in relation to, creating or making, obtaining or acquiring, or using information, services or equipment that may unfairly give a Student an unauthorised advantage relative to other Students with regard to a Formal Examination or other Assessment Item. 'Unauthorised advantage' includes any advantage not identified for the Formal Examina...moreAcademic Misconduct involvesproviding aid or assistance in relation to,creating or making,obtaining or acquiring, orusinginformation, services or equipment that may unfairly give a Student an unauthorised advantage relative to other Students with regard to a Formal Examination or other Assessment Item.'Unauthorised advantage' includes any advantage not identified for the Formal Examination or Assessment work.Academic Misconduct includes but is not limited to Collusion, Plagiarism, contract cheating, impersonation of a Student or University Employee, and Failure to Comply with Formal Examination or Assessment Instructions.

Appeal

A formal, written request made by a Student or Employee to a higher authority to have a Decision overturned....moreA formal, written request made by a Student or Employee to a higher authority to have a Decision overturned.

Breach in Research

A Breach in Research occurs where there is a contravention of the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, however the contravention is less serious and is not deliberate. Any repetition or continuation of the contravention may however constitute Research Misconduct....moreA Breach in Research occurs where there is a contravention of the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, however the contravention is less serious and is not deliberate. Any repetition or continuation of the contravention may however constitute Research Misconduct.

Complaint

An expression of dissatisfaction made in relation to an action, Decision or omission within the responsibility and control of the University, a University Member or a Student, where a response or resolution process is expected wherever possible....moreAn expression of dissatisfaction made in relation to an action, Decision or omission within the responsibility and control of the University, a University Member or a Student, where a response or resolution process is expected wherever possible.

Complaint Type

The classification assigned to a Complaint in accordance with the Complaint Type and Responsibilities Schedule*. The Complaint Type determines the process to which the Complaint will be referred for resolution by the Student Complaint Management Triage System. *The Complaint Type and Responsibilities Schedule is subordinate to the Student Complaint and Appeal Policy...moreThe classification assigned to a Complaint in accordance with the Complaint Type and Responsibilities Schedule*. The Complaint Type determines the process to which the Complaint will be referred for resolution by the Student Complaint Management Triage System.*The Complaint Type and Responsibilities Schedule is subordinate to the Student Complaint and Appeal Policy

Course

The basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program....moreThe basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program.

Coursework

A method of teaching and learning that leads to the acquisition of skills and knowledge and does not include a major research component....moreA method of teaching and learning that leads to the acquisition of skills and knowledge and does not include a major research component.

Decision

A determination made by an Employee, contractor or other authorised delegate in the course of their duties on behalf of the University....moreA determination made by an Employee, contractor or other authorised delegate in the course of their duties on behalf of the University.

Employee

A person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University....moreA person employed by the University and whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement and includes persons employed on a continuing, fixed term or casual basis. Employees also include senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University.

Enrolment

The process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year....moreThe process of admitting Students to one or more Courses for the current Academic Year.

Exclusion

Prohibition from enrolling in a Course or a program for a specified period....moreProhibition from enrolling in a Course or a program for a specified period.

Failure to Implement the Code

Failure to Implement the Code occurs when a Research Worker who, individually, or as part of a team, fails to take responsibility for achieving the standards aspired to in the Research Code of Conduct Policy and/or in Part A of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research....moreFailure to Implement the Code occurs when a Research Worker who, individually, or as part of a team, fails to take responsibility for achieving the standards aspired to in the Research Code of Conduct Policy and/or in Part A of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Notice

A Notice from the University is a document, whether physical or electronic. A Notice may be: given by hand to the addressee or delivered to the address provided by the addressee to the University; or sent by registered or pre-paid mail to the address provided by the addressee to the University; or sent by electronic communication to the University-issued email account provided by the University to...moreA Notice from the University is a document, whether physical or electronic.A Notice may be:given by hand to the addressee or delivered to the address provided by the addressee to the University; orsent by registered or pre-paid mail to the address provided by the addressee to the University; orsent by electronic communication to the University-issued email account provided by the University to a Student during the period of Enrolment until the completion of their program; orsent by electronic communication to the email address provided to the University by an addressee not enrolled at the University.A Notice is taken to be received if:given by hand to the addressee or delivered to the address provided to the University by the addressee; orsent by registered or pre-paid mail - three University Business Days after the date of posting; orsent by electronic communication - at the time that would be the time of receipt under the Electronic Transactions Act 1999 or its succeeding legislation.A Notice that would be deemed to have been received out of business hours or on a non-University Business Day will instead be deemed received on the next University Business Day.

Public Interest Disclosure

Is a disclosure about conduct by a public officer which if proved would constitute: Corrupt Conduct; Maladministration; Conduct that may constitute a substantial misuse of public resources; Conduct that may constitute a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety or the environment or to the health or safety of a person with a disability; Reprisal action against a person who h...moreIs a disclosure about conduct by a public officer which if proved would constitute:Corrupt Conduct;Maladministration;Conduct that may constitute a substantial misuse of public resources;Conduct that may constitute a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety or the environment or to the health or safety of a person with a disability;Reprisal action against a person who has made a public interest disclosure.

Research Conduct Complaint

A Complaint involving an allegation of: A Failure to Implement the Code (where the 'Code' is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and/or the Research Code of Conduct Policy); and /or A Breach in Research; and/or Research Misconduct....moreA Complaint involving an allegation of:A Failure to Implement the Code (where the 'Code' is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and/or the Research Code of Conduct Policy); and /orA Breach in Research; and/orResearch Misconduct.

Research Misconduct

Research Misconduct occurs where there is a serious or deliberate failure to comply with the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. An allegation relates to Research Misconduct if it involves all of the following: an alleged bre...moreResearch Misconduct occurs where there is a serious or deliberate failure to comply with the specific provisions of the University's Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.An allegation relates to Research Misconduct if it involves all of the following:an alleged breach of the Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; andintent and deliberation, recklessness or gross and persistent negligence; andserious consequences, such as false information on the public record, or adverse effects on research participants, animals or the environment.Research Misconduct does not include honest errors or honest differences in interpretation or judgments of data.Examples of Research Misconduct include, but are not limited to, the following:fabrication of data or resultsfalsification or misrepresentation of results of data including changing recordsfailure to declare and manage serious conflicts of interestfalsification or misrepresentation to obtain fundingconducting research without ethics approval as required by the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007; the Australian code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes 8th Edition 2013; or the Gene Technology Act 2010 (Cwlth) (or any subsequent editions or instruments)risking the safety of human participants, the wellbeing of animals, or the environmentwillful concealment or facilitation of Research Misconduct by othersdeviations from the Research Code of Conduct Policy, or its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and/or the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research that occur through gross or persistent negligenceother practices that seriously deviate from those commonly accepted within the research community for proposing, conducting or reporting research.Repeated or continuing breaches of the Research Code of Conduct Policy, its supporting policies, pursuant procedures and processes and/or the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research may also constitute Research Misconduct, and do so where these have been the subject of previous counselling or specific direction.

Research Worker

Any person/s involved in Research Activities at, or on behalf of the University. This includes, but is not limited to Employees, Students, visiting scholars, research partners, research affiliates, holders of Honorary or Adjunct positions and research ethics committee members....moreAny person/s involved in Research Activities at, or on behalf of the University. This includes, but is not limited to Employees, Students, visiting scholars, research partners, research affiliates, holders of Honorary or Adjunct positions and research ethics committee members.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

University Business Days

The days of Monday to Friday inclusive between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), with the exclusion of gazetted Public Holidays for the relevant campus location, plus the closure of the University between 25 December and 1 January in the following year inclusive as specified in the USQ Enterprise Agreement, as well as any closure of the University either at one or se...moreThe days of Monday to Friday inclusive between 9am and 5pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), with the exclusion of gazetted Public Holidays for the relevant campus location, plus the closure of the University between 25 December and 1 January in the following year inclusive as specified in the USQ Enterprise Agreement, as well as any closure of the University either at one or several campuses in accordance with a direction of the Crisis Management Team.

University Members

Employees of the University whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement whether full time or fractional, continuing, fixed-term or casual, including senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University; Members of the University Council and University Committees; Visiting and adjunct academics; Volun...moreEmployees of the University whose conditions of employment are covered by the USQ Enterprise Agreement whether full time or fractional, continuing, fixed-term or casual, including senior Employees whose conditions of employment are covered by a written agreement or contract with the University;Members of the University Council and University Committees;Visiting and adjunct academics;Volunteers who contribute to University activities or who act on behalf of the University;Individuals who are granted access to University facilities or who are engaged in providing services to the University, such as contractors and consultants, where applicable.

Definitions that relate to this procedure only

Disciplinary Action

Action by the University to discipline an Employee for Misconduct or Serious Misconduct and includes: formal censure or counselling; demotion by one or more classification levels or increments; withholding of an increment; suspension with or without pay; or termination of employment for Serious Misconduct only.

Keywords

Record No

15/2076PL

Failure to comply with this Policy or Policy Instrument may be considered as misconduct and the provisions of the relevant Policy or Procedure applied.

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