Who is this for?
Anyone who has, or wants to submit a formal complaint about a University of Toronto (U of T) study that goes against commonly accepted ethics/integrity standards or practices.
What do I need before I can begin?
To submit a complaint, you must first:
- 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
- Ensure you have adequate documentation to support your allegation of research misconduct
Formal allegations of research misconduct may be submitted by email (preferred) or mail.
To submit an allegation by email, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Research Misconduct Submission.” Ensure that all available corroborating documentation is included in your submission, as well as your contact information so that the University can get in touch with you to follow up if required.
To submit an allegation by mail, please address the letter to:
Professor Lori Ferris
Research & Oversight Compliance Office (ROCO)
McMurrich Building, 12 Queen's Park Crescent West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M5S 1S8
When a formal complaint is received, the Associate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance works with the senior administration of the appropriate faculty to determine the jurisdiction for the complaint. Jurisdiction is normally determined by the academic division where the respondent holds their primary academic appointment.
The Research Misconduct Framework Addendum provides a process for determining institutional jurisdiction over research misconduct complaints made against those at affiliated institutions such as hospitals.
All allegations of research misconduct are adjudicated according to the University’s Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct. The Framework prescribes a two-step process, with an initial Inquiry conducted by a faculty member and, if warranted, a full investigation conducted by a committee of three faculty members (including one member external to the U of T).
Note that anonymous submissions of research misconduct may only be accepted if they contain sufficient information to enable the assessment of the allegations. Please refer to Section 5.2 of the Framework for more information regarding anonymous allegations.
- Help manage allegations of research misconduct by working with the appropriate divisional senior administrator, in accordance with the prescribed processes and timelines detailed in the Framework
- Support the work of the inquiry administrators and investigating committees as required