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Research Misconduct

Definition overview

1 Definition

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 breach of the Research Code of Conduct Policy and the broader Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research; and
  • intent and deliberation, recklessness or gross and persistent negligence; and
  • serious 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 results
  • falsification or misrepresentation of results of data including changing records
  • failure to declare and manage serious conflicts of interest
  • falsification or misrepresentation to obtain funding
  • conducting 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 environment
  • willful concealment or facilitation of Research Misconduct by others
  • deviations 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 negligence
  • other 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.

2 References

USQ Defined.

3 Definition Information

Approved Date

17/9/2015

Effective Date

17/9/2015

Record No

15/348PL

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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