Policy on Misconduct in Research

This policy aims to ensure that any allegations or discoveries of potential research misconduct are subject to a timely and thorough investigation, which is fair to all parties, and provides transparency to members of the public who can take confidence that our research practices meet the highest standards.

The University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of ethics and integrity in its research, and places ethics and integrity at the heart of its decision making. As a component of this commitment, the University requires that all research projects undertaken under the auspices of the University observe a commitment to good research conduct.

The University takes all allegations or discoveries of potential misconduct in research very seriously, and requires that they are investigated fully and in accordance with this procedure. Misconduct can include a broad range of behaviour and activity, from minor infraction to deliberate deception.

Each case will be reviewed on an individual basis and the action taken will be proportionate to the level of severity. Any investigation under this policy will be conducted as confidentially as is reasonably practicable, provided that this does not compromise the investigation. All investigations will be conducted sensitively, and under a presumption of innocence

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