Research Integrity

The University of Guelph ("University") expects the highest standards of integrity in every aspect of research carried out by all members of its academic community. The University is committed to exemplifying the values and behaviours associated with research integrity, in part, because the University recognizes that research must be built on a foundation of trust. Researchers must have trust in the data/results reported by others, and trust that when undertaking collaborative projects that they will be appropriately recognized for their contributions. The general public must have trust that public research funding will be managed and spent appropriately and accountably, and society must be able to have confidence in the research communicated and disseminated by the University. Maintaining the trust and confidence of both the academic community and general public is a responsibility the University takes very seriously and as such misconduct in research is clearly incompatible with the ethical standards of the University.

Responsible Conduct of Research

The University of Guelph Responsible Conduct of Research Policy is applicable to all researchers at the University of Guelph including faculty, staff, students and others. This policy defines both the responsibilities of researchers in upholding the highest standards of research integrity and what constitutes research misconduct. The associated University of Guelph Responsible Conduct of Research Procedure outline the process for making and investigating an allegation of research misconduct, describes the rights of complainants and respondents, and sets out the reporting obligations of the university.

Reports on Research Allegations 

The University of Guelph is required under the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research to make public annual reports on confirmed findings of research misconduct and actions taken, subject to applicable laws, including privacy laws.