Revised Policy approved by the Board of Governors November 28, 2007
It is the policy of Seneca College to ensure that all scholarly and research activities associated with the College adhere to accepted ethical, legal and integrity standards.
All individuals conducting research associated with Seneca College are responsible for upholding the following principles as stated in the Tri-Council Policy statement (August 8, 2004):
Misconduct of scholarly research includes but is not limited to the following examples:
The primary responsibility for ensuring the integrity of scholarly and research work rests with the individuals involved in these activities. Seneca faculty and staff and all other persons conducting research associated with the College are responsible for the integrity of their work and upholding the principles and responsibilities as stated in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship. The College will provide and/or promote professional development opportunities (e.g., workshops, seminars and written materials) specifically related to integrity in scholarly and research work for Seneca faculty and staff.
The College realizes that research is conducted and data are acquired in different manners. In the case of collaborative work, all members of the research team are responsible for ensuring proper acknowledgement of each member when the data are presented in any form.
A complete set of all original research data must be retained by the principal investigator for a period of 5 years from the date of the release of the findings based on the data. All collaborators must have free access to the relevant data at all times, and authorization to copy may not be withheld by any team member without valid reason(s) communicated in writing to the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation.
Only individuals who have made a significant intellectual and practical contribution to the work can be recognized as authors in any dissemination of scholarly reports.
In order to ensure the dissemination of accurate scholarly reports, each collaborator/author of the report is responsible for verifying the accuracy of the part(s) of the report to which they have contributed, and one author must be designated as responsible for ensuring the validity of the entire manuscript/presentation.
Students will be given the appropriate recognition for authorship or collection of data in any dissemination of the work.
Revised Procedures approved by the Senior Executive October 31, 2007
“Allegations of misconduct may arise from anonymous or identified sources within or outside the research institution; the allegations may be well founded, honestly erroneous or mischievous. Whatever their source, motivation or accuracy, such allegations have the potential to cause great harm to the persons accused, the accuser, to the institution, and to research and scholarship in general."
-Tri-Council Policy: Integrity in Research and Scholarship
Allegations of failure to demonstrate integrity in research and scholarly work will be investigated by the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation in consultation with an Academic Integrity Investigation Committee (AIIC).
Complaints or allegations received by any other College employee are to be submitted to the Associate Vice-President Research & Innovation. Allegations of policy infraction must be made in writing to the Associate Vice President, Research & Innovation. Anonymous allegations will not normally be considered; however if compelling evidence is received anonymously by the Director or VP, the investigation process may be initiated.
The Associate Vice President will establish an ad hoc Academic Integrity Investigation Committee within 3 - 5 days of receipt of the complaint consisting of at least 3 members whose membership is determined by the nature of the allegations, none of whom are members of the Research Ethics Board or any persons directly affiliated with the same department. Where appropriate, the Investigation Committee will include a person with expertise in the area relevant to the complaint.
The complaint may be dealt with in several ways, depending on the severity of the alleged policy infraction and the strength of the supporting data presented. The complaint may be: dismissed if there is no compelling supporting data; resolved informally by the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation and the Academic Integrity Investigation Committee or submitted to the Seneca College Resolution, Equity and Diversity Centre to determine if there are sufficient grounds for a formal investigation of the allegations of policy infraction as outlined below. The individual alleged to have failed to comply with this policy will be notified by the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation of the investigation within 3 days of the receipt of the complaint, and the investigation will normally be completed within 3 weeks of receipt of the complaint.
The staff of the Resolution, Equity and Diversity Centre will conduct the review consistent with their established policies and procedures which include informing all parties involved of the decisions reached and an opportunity for either the complainant or the respondent to appeal the decisions.
Where there is perceived to be an infraction of this policy, the Associate Vice President Research & Innovation in collaboration with the Academic Integrity Investigation Committee will:
In the event that either the respondent or the complainant is not satisfied with the decision regarding misconduct, either the respondent or the complainant has the right to appeal the committee's decision in accordance with the Collective Agreement and any relevant appeals processes of the College. An appeal must be requested within 5 working days from the time the report was released.
Decisions regarding the appeal will be made by the Vice President Academic or designate and are considered final and binding on the institution except where provisions of the Collective Agreement prevail. There is no right of further appeal.
The sanctions imposed by the Assoc. V.P. Research & Innovation in collaboration with the Academic Integrity Investigation Committee will be consistent with sanctions imposed in other college policies (such as the Acceptable Use, Copyright Policies and the Collective Agreement) and all decisions will be binding on the College, such as:
In the case of students, sanctions may include verbal warning, special monitoring of work, letter of reprimand in the student's official file, or if warranted, suspension.
Maintained by: Office of Research & Innovation