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Non-Employee Research Worker Research Misconduct Penalty Schedule

Schedule overview

1 Purpose

To establish the penalties for Research Misconduct, a Breach in Research and Failure to Implement the Code by Research Workers who are not Employees or Students.

2 Scope

This schedule must be read in conjunction with the Research Conduct Complaint Procedure and is subordinate to it.

3 Schedule

3.1 Non-Employee Research Worker penalties

Penalties for Research Workers who are not Employees or Students may include, but are not limited to:

  • suspension or expulsion from participation in University committees either permanently or for a specified period;
  • non-approval, or withdrawal of approval to work on collaborative research projects with the University;
  • if appropriate, reporting of misconduct to Research Worker's employer;
  • other, as deemed appropriate by the Vice-Chancellor (or nominee).

4 References

Nil.

5 Schedule Information

Accountable Officer

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation)

Policy Type

University Procedure

Approved Date

17/9/2015

Effective Date

17/9/2015

Review Date

17/9/2018

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Animal Wellbeing and Ethics Policy

Research Code of Conduct Policy

Related Procedures

Research Conduct Complaint Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

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.

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.

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.

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.

Definitions that relate to this schedule only

Keywords

Record No

15/2763PL

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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