Research Policies, Ethics and Supports
Research integrity is the cornerstone of investigation at the University of Toronto. It is learned behaviour and is based on universal principles. The Singapore Statement on Research Integrity, drafted in 2010 at the 2nd World Conference on Research Integrity, articulates 4 principles that are fundamental to the integrity of research.
- Honesty in all aspects of research.
- Accountability in the conduct of research.
- Professional courtsey and fairness in working with others.
- Good stewardship of research on behalf of others.
Anyone involved in research is expected to embrace these principles and use them as a guide to carry out and communicate research discoveries and to use these discoveries to improve the health of the population, either directly or indirectly. As a researcher, you need to aspire to the highest level of academic integrity and adhere to codes of behaviour and practices that ensure you develop good habits in your career as a scientist.
The cost of research misconduct is immense:
- It devalues research and undermines science inquiry.
- It erodes the public’s trust in research.
- It is expensive and time consuming to investigate and correct.
- It can inflict irreparable damage to reputations and careers.
The University of Toronto, and the research community at large, view issues related to academic integrity and research misconduct extremely seriously. Anyone involved in research, needs to be familiar with, and adhere to the most current University of Toronto and affiliated hospital guidelines and policies relating to graduate research. Please refer to the full versions of the policies and guidelines outlined below.
University of Toronto Policies and Guidelines
- Office of the Vice President, Research & Innovation – Policies, Guidelines & Procedures
- University of Toronto Framework to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct (PDF)
See also Addendum to Address Allegations of Research Misconduct (PDF)
- Code of Student Conduct
- Graduate Supervision: Guidelines for Students & Faculty
- Statement on Human Rights
- Research Misconduct Framework Addendum: Procedures for Determining Jurisdiction in Complaints Involving Certain Non-University Institutions
- Guidelines on Fund Raising Strategy and Programs at the University of Toronto
- Code of Behaviour on Academic Matters
- Policy on Conflict of Interest - Academic Staff
Temerty Faculty of Medicine Guidelines and Report
- Faculty of Medicine Task Force Report on Research Integrity 2017 (Executive Summary)
- Principles and Responsibilities Regarding Conduct of Research (PDF)
- Offer and Acceptance of Finders Fees for the Recruitment of Research Subjects
- Sexual Harassment Complaints involving Faculty and Students of the University of Toronto arising in Independent Research Institutions, Health Care Institutions and Teaching Agencies
- Department of Psychiatry Task Force Report: Interactions with the Pharmaceutical Industry
- Faculty of Medicine /Affiliated Institutions Guidelines for Ethics & Professionalism In Healthcare Professional Clinical Training and Teaching
Federal Policies and Regulations
- Government of Canada: Tri-Council Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
- Health Canada: Food & Drugs Act and Regulations (Clinical Trials)
- Health Canada: Good Clinical Practice
- Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide
- Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR): Ethics
- Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)
- Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada: Research Ethics