UBC seeks to foster a research culture that supports the best research and scholarly practices and that supports researchers to act honestly, accountably, openly and fairly in the search for and dissemination of knowledge.
UBC Policy SC6: Scholarly Integrity makes clear the responsibilities and standards required of UBC researchers engaged in scholarly activity. It also provides a process for dealing with allegations of scholarly misconduct. Findings of scholarly misconduct at UBC are published annually.
Seeking and accessing continued education is key to ensuring the responsible conduct of research. UBC students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff have access to a variety of free resources on the responsible conduct of research.
Scholarly Integrity Initiative
The Scholarly Integrity Initiative supports UBC researchers and scholars in all aspects of conducting research responsibly. The initiative will bring attention to the value-based behaviours that are expected to encourage a culture of integrity, highlight existing support services and resources available on campus, clarify policy definitions, process and procedures as well as facilitate a dialogue on ethical issues in research conduct. A website and resources will be made available in fall 2020.
UBC students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff have access to a free online course on the responsible conduct of research. This course covers all major aspects of research integrity including publication practices, data acquisition and management, writing, and ethical decision-making. Register for this course at citiprogram.ca.
Workshops for graduate students on integrity issues are regularly presented through the Graduate Pathways to Success program on the Vancouver campus and the Grad Essentials program on the Okanagan campus. The deans’ offices of the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies (Vancouver) and College of Graduate Studies (Okanagan), in partnership with the Office of Research Services and the Centre for Scholarly Communication, work with graduate programs, departments, faculties and other units to design and present research integrity offerings customized to the needs of disciplines, which may be combined with the online course.
New postdoctoral fellows and faculty members are oriented to UBC Policy SC6: Scholarly Integrity at the annual Research Orientation Days on both the Vancouver and the Okanagan campus.
Reporting scholarly misconduct
All members of the University community have a responsibility to report concerns regarding scholarly integrity.
All matters relating to scholarly misconduct, including confidential enquiries, allegations and information related to allegations, should be sent to the Vice President, Research & Innovation.
For allegations of scholarly misconduct, the Vice President follows the procedures detailed in Policy SC6.
The University will not tolerate any retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, makes an allegation, gives evidence or otherwise participates in a process under Policy SC6. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows may be in particularly vulnerable positions in these situations and are encouraged to seek advice and support through their academic units or the Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies dean’s office on the Vancouver campus and College of Graduate Studies dean’s office on the Okanagan campus.
The University has a policy specific to the reporting of improper financial activity. Policy SC15 details the process to follow to report improper financial activity as well the protection afforded UBC persons who report such concerns in good faith.