Research Misconduct

What should I do?

If, as a staff member or student at Deakin, you become aware of activities that you believe could be research misconduct or a lesser breach of the Australian Code, you have several options of what to do.

Advisors in Research Integrity

Deakin has appointed senior staff members to be Advisors in Research Integrity (ARIs) under the requirements of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Part B. If you think you have encountered research misconduct and you are not sure what action to take, you can go to any of the ARIs to discuss the matter confidentially. ARIs are able to give you advice on research matters, the research misconduct processes and your options for reporting a breach.

Advisors in  Research Integrity are not permitted to take action on the matter, and will not contact the person who is the focus of your allegation.

Faculty Advisors in Research Integrity

Arts and Education A/Prof Andrea Witcomb
Business and Law Prof Pasquale Sgro
Health A/Prof Trish Livingston
Science and Technology Prof David Cahill
IFM Mrs Darlene Barnett
Warrnambool A/Prof Monica Keneley

Reporting research misconduct and breaches of the code

In the first instance, report suspected breaches of the code to your Head of School or research unit. If the matter involves a serious breach, or if you do not wish to discuss it with your HOS, you may refer the matter directly to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor research.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Phone: (03) 5227 1147

Whistleblowers Protection

In some cases, breaches of the Code may satisfy the requirements for notification under the Victorian Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001. Details of these processes are available in the 'Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 – Disclosures – Procedure'. Whistleblower procedures apply where a university staff member employed to undertake research engages in misconduct that is serious enough to result in criminal liability or dismissal if proven. There are some advantages to using this procedure. Allegations can be made confidentially, and there is a stronger protection for the person making the allegation. However, this can only apply in cases where very serious wrongdoing is alleged.

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