Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Procedures

The University of Guelph (“University”) expects the highest standards of integrity in every aspect of research carried out by all members of its academic community. For the purposes of this document, “research” encompasses the creation and application of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in new and creative ways through research, scholarly, and artistic work.

The University is committed to exemplifying the values and behaviours associated with research integrity, in part, because the University recognizes that research must be built on a foundation of trust. Researchers must have trust in the data/results reported by others, and trust that when undertaking collaborative projects that they will be appropriately recognized for their contributions. The general public must have trust that public research funding will be managed and spent appropriately and accountably, and society must be able to have confidence in the research communicated and disseminated by the University. Maintaining the trust and confidence of both the academic community and general public is a responsibility the University takes very seriously and as such misconduct in research is clearly incompatible with the ethical standards of the University.

This policy found at provides guidance as to the expectations regarding research integrity and to those behaviours which may form the basis of action regarding research misconduct.