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.
Professor R. Paul Young Ph.D., FRSC
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
University of Toronto
Simcoe Hall, Room 109
27 King's College Circle
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 1A1