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Summary of Research Misconduct Complaints Addressed by U of T

Who is this for?

Anyone interested in the summary of research misconduct complaints processed by the University of Toronto (U of T).

What do I need before I can begin?

There are no prerequisites to view the summary of research misconduct complaints addressed by the University and past findings are publicly available. Please reach out to a contact within the Division of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation (VPRI) if you have questions regarding the information below.

Calendar Years 2012 – 2019

Please Note: Information current as of May 2020.

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Totals
Complaints Received 1 9 7 5 7 6 6 6 11 57
Preliminary Inquiries Conducted 4 9 7 5 7 6 6 6 11 57
Investigations Conducted 2,4 2 3 0 0 3 2 0 3 13
Research Misconduct Confirmed 3,4 4 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 10
Nature of the Research Misconduct Confirmed Redundant publication (1 instance), Misleading publication in internal funding application (failure to obtain agreement of named co-applicants)  (1 instance), breach of funding terms (1 instance), plagiarism (1 instance)   Misleading publication   Failure to follow direction of ACC (1 instance), Breach of privacy/failure to follow direction of REB/failure to reveal COI (1 instance) Failure to follow direction of REB Failure to obtain REB approval Failure to follow applicable laws or regulations  

Notes:

  1. Complaints over which the University had jurisdiction. If a complaint is made against a person who has an appointment at or conducts research in a fully affiliated or community affiliated teaching hospital, institutional jurisdiction over the complaint is determined in accordance with the Faculty of Medicine Research Misconduct Framework Addendum: Procedures for Determining Jurisdiction in Complaints Involving Certain Non-University Institutions.
  2. The Framework identifies a two-stage process: an initial gathering and review of information at a preliminary inquiry stage and, if recommended by the inquiry, a subsequent investigation.
  3. Includes confirmation of research misconduct at any stage in the process.
  4. Cases are listed by the year in which the complaint was received. Inquiries, investigations and final confirmation of misconduct may have occurred in a calendar year subsequent to the year of the complaint, but they have been attributed to the year when the complaint was received.

Forms & Downloads

VPRI Role

  • Provide documentation and record keeping of all research misconduct complaints filed

VPRI Contact

Staff

Rhain Louis

Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance
Research Oversight & Compliance Office (ROCO)
(416) 946-0836

Staff

Lori Ferris

Associate Vice-President, Research Oversight and Compliance
Research Oversight & Compliance Office (ROCO)
(416) 978-2387
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