What is Research Integrity?
Research Integrity is the expectation that each member of the University of Toronto (U of T) has a responsibility to foster intellectual honesty and to be vigilant regarding the conduct of research and scholarship, whether their own or others.
The University’s Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research requires members to follow “the highest standards of ethical conduct in every aspect of research including applications, proposals, the research itself, reports and publication.” These standards of ethical conduct are consistent with the requirements of granting agencies and others who sponsor research at the University.
Who is this for?
Ensuring research integrity is the responsibility of all members of the University who are involved in research.
Why is this process in place?
U of T strives to uphold the highest standards of research integrity and will respond to allegations of research misconduct according to the Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct.
“Research misconduct” refers to any research practice that deviates seriously from the commonly accepted ethics/integrity standards or practices of the relevant research community and includes but is not limited to intentional fabrication, falsification and plagiarism as defined by the University’s Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters.
Concerns regarding the research integrity should refer to the Framework.
What do I need before I can begin?
- Ensure you have reviewed the University’s Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct
- Review the complaint you wish to submit to ensure it is appropriate under the Framework
- Anonymous complaints of research misconduct may only be accepted if they contain sufficient information to enable the assessment of the allegation(s). Please refer to Section 5.2 of the Framework for more information regarding anonymous allegations.