In September 2008, UKRIO launched its standard Procedure for the Investigation of Misconduct in Research. The Procedure is designed to ensure that investigations of alleged research misconduct are carried out thoroughly and fairly. It works with existing institutional processes such as disciplinary and grievance procedures and does not replace them.
Since its launch, the Procedure has been used by universities and NHS Trusts to investigate allegations of research misconduct, which can have serious and wide-ranging implications if not addressed properly. Research organisations can adopt the Procedure for use when investigating allegations of misconduct in research or use it as a reference tool when revising their existing processes to address misconduct. UKRIO is happy to provide advice and assistance to institutions on the adoption and use of the Procedure and on the general revision of polices and systems to address misconduct.
UKRIO would welcome feedback on the Procedure, its adoption by research organisations and its use in investigating allegations of misconduct.