According to Part B of the Code:
A breach is a less serious deviation from the Code that, if possible, is appropriately managed at the local level, i.e., Discipline, School or College.
Research misconduct is a more serious or deliberate deviation from the Code, involving:
- 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.
Examples of research misconduct include:
- Plagiarism, fabrication (inventing data) and falsification (data manipulation);
- Failure to declare or manage a serious conflict of interest;
- Failure to follow research proposals approved by an Ethics Committee; and
- Wilful concealment or facilitation of research misconduct by others.
Handling and Resolving Allegations of Research Misconduct
Please refer to the University's Research Misconduct Policy.
Making an Allegation of Research Misconduct
Anyone considering making, or wishing to make, an allegation of research misconduct should inform their supervisor or manager (or that person’s line manager, should a conflict of interest be apparent), and/or a Research Integrity Advisor. If the matter involves ethics or biosafety, the Chair of the relevant human ethics, animal ethics or biosafety committee may also be an appropriate initial point of contact.