Breaches of the Code and 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.
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Reporting research misconduct and breaches of the code
Student Research Misconduct
Anyone who believes a research integrity breach or research misconduct by a student has taken place must act in a timely manner and formally report the allegation/s to the Head of Academic Unit
Policy and procedures:
Staff Research Misconduct
Anyone who believes a research integrity breach or research misconduct by a staff has taken place must act in a timely manner and formally report the allegation/s to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research or nominee
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Phone: (03) 5227 1147
Pro Vice-Chancellor Researcher Development and Integrity
Phone: (03) 925 17397
Policy and procedures:
In some cases, breaches of the Code may satisfy the requirements for notification under the Victorian Protected Disclosure Act (Vic) 2012. Details of these processes are available in the Protection of Persons from Detrimental Action Procedure. These 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.