Reporting a Concern


UQ places the highest importance on upholding the integrity of our research. Researchers must act in accordance with the University’s policies on research integrity and with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018 (the Code). Departures from the standards of conduct outlined in University policies and the Code may constitute a research integrity breach. Serious deviation from those standards may amount to research misconduct.

Reporting a concern or complaint

The University considers all concerns or complaints regarding the integrity of research seriously. Individuals who have a concern about the conduct of research at The University of Queensland may wish to speak with a Research Integrity Advisor in the first instance. Formal complaints can be made by:

How complaints are managed

The principles for reporting, investigating and managing complaints are set out in the University’s policies on research misconduct. The key steps involved in assessing a complaint are:

  1. Receipt of a formal complaint: A complaint will initially be assessed to determine if it relates to research integrity and whether the University has authority or jurisdiction over the matter. It will also be determined whether any urgent action is needed to protect humans, animals or the environment.
  2. Preliminary Enquiry: For matters within the University’s authority a confidential preliminary assessment will be undertaken. At this stage the complaint may be dismissed, resolved (for minor issues) or referred for investigation.
  3. Preliminary Investigation: A Preliminary Investigation is undertaken to determine if there is a legitimate basis for the complaint. This step provides the subject of the complaint an opportunity to respond to the allegations. The investigation may culminate in dismissal of the complaint, in a finding of a research integrity breach or of research misconduct. In some circumstances the matter may be investigated further through a Research Misconduct Inquiry.

Key resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)

Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018)

4.20.05 Research Misconduct

4.20.10 Research Misconduct - Research Higher Degree Students