Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct – Revised

TO:                 Principals, Deans, Academic Directors, and Chairs

FROM:           Paul Young, Vice-President, Research and Innovation

RE:                  Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct – Revised

Further to PDAD&C memo on the Ethical Conduct of Research (PDAD& C #36 December 4, 2012), I am writing to inform you that the Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct has been revised by my office, in consultation with the Office of the Vice-President and Provost.   This revision occurred as a result of an on-going review process to ensure that the University policies and procedures are consistent with Tri-Agency requirements and guidelines.

The revised Framework is effective for complaints of research misconduct received after January 1, 2013.

Key changes include:

  • a statement on how anonymous allegations will be addressed;
  • clarification of interim steps that can be taken to preserve funds or research records pending the resolution of a complaint of research misconduct;
  • the inclusion of at least one external member on each investigation committee.

In general, processes remain unchanged.  The Framework identifies a two-stage process: an initial gathering and review of information at an inquiry stage and, if warranted, a subsequent investigation.    The Vice-President, Research and Innovation remains the central point of contact for all allegations of research misconduct.

Download the University of Toronto Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct