Ethical Conduct in Research
The University expects of its members (which include faculty, students and anyone holding a post or office that gives university status) the highest standards of ethical conduct in every aspect of research from the proposal stage to publication.
The term "research" is broadly defined and is intended to include both scientific and non-scientific research and research whether grant-supported or not.
It is neither possible nor desirable to foresee or to define what constitutes ethical conduct in all circumstances.
This policy leaves many such matters untouched: it does not, for example apply to the question of whether a certain line of research is itself ethical.
The University considers that the highest ethical standards in research entail (although not exclusively): the accurate presentation and interpretation of data and other factual information; due acknowledgment to another's work; the maintenance of confidentiality and appropriate use of information in accordance with scholarly practice; the appropriate use and allocation of money or other resources supplied for research purposes. Proper ethical procedures are encouraged by increasing awareness of ethical issues and by administrative measures and guidelines. The object of guidelines, in conformity with the policies and procedures of the University, is to create an atmosphere that encourages ethical conduct, without interfering with freedom of inquiry, and without causing unnecessary administrative burdens.