Code of Conduct in Research

It is a basic assumption that researchers are committed to the highest standards of professional conduct when undertaking and supervising research. They have a duty to maintain the highest standards of probity in research applicable to their discipline and to the good standing of the University. Researchers in this context are University staff members and postgraduate students.

These standards include:

  • rigorous opposition to all forms of fraud, including misrepresentation and falsification of results
  • observance of the highest standards of safety in relation to themselves, their co-workers and research participants
  • maintenance of confidentiality where appropriate and full attribution of the sources of assistance and guidance
  • acknowledgement of authorship of all published material.

Researchers should participate only in work which conforms to agreed ethical standards and which they are competent to perform.

Disclosure of potential conflict of interest

Disclosure of any potential conflict of interest is essential for the responsible conduct of research. Such disclosure must be made to the relevant authorities which will include a funding or sponsoring agency and the chairperson of the relevant department or research centre of the University. Any such declarations to outside organisations should be made through the Research & Enterprise Office and will require the approval of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research.

Health and safety

Institutions and research workers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of all those associated with research. Staff should ensure that all research workers and candidates under their supervision are aware of the relevant codes and policies on health and safety, and receive appropriate instruction and information of such codes and policies.

Misconduct in research

Fabrication of databy claiming results where none have been obtained
Falsification of databy changing records or falsely claiming the use of techniques, methods or levels of precision
Plagiarismincluding the direct copying of handwritten, typed, printed or published text or notation; use of other people's data, arguments or literature reviews without appropriate acknowledgement or permission; and deliberate use of published or unpublished ideas from other people without adequate attribution or permission for such use
Misleading ascription of authorshipincluding listing of authors without their permission where this is relevant, attributing work to others who have not contributed to the research, and failing to acknowledge work primarily produced by a postgraduate student, trainee or associate
Other practices that deviate from those accepted within the research communityfor proposing, conducting or reporting research, such as intentional infringement of the University's code of ethical behaviour.

Misconduct does not include honest error or honest difference in the interpretation or judgement of data.
Procedures for dealing with misconduct in research are set out in detail in the "Handbook for Research and Outside Professional Activities" available to University of Waikato staff on the website or from the Research & Enterprise Office.