The Office of the VP Research is responsible for administration of the University’s policy on scholarly integrity. Our policy was revised in April of 2013 (attached) following the release of the Tri-Agency Framework on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Among the refinements in our policy were:
– Being explicit that anyone involved in an investigation may have a representative or support person present at any time during the processes outlined in the Policy
– In keeping with the RCR Framework, investigative committees convened under Policy 85 include one member who is external to the University. We adhere to this requirement in all cases, without exception.
– Anyone found to have engaged in misconduct has the right and opportunity to appeal any decision on discipline or recourse
As a world-leading public research university, UBC takes scholarly integrity seriously. We aim to be as open and transparent as possible about the outcome of scholarly integrity investigations, within the constraints on disclosure of personal information set out by the provincial Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Under the act, personal information is disclosed on a need-to-know basis, and Section 33 of the act describes conditions under which the University could disclose personal information. My office publishes anonymized summaries each year of cases where misconduct is found to have occurred. We shall continue to balance transparency, privacy and confidentiality in these matters in a way that we hope engenders confidence in our process within and beyond the University community.
Helen M. Burt, Ph.D
Vice President Research pro tem