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Research integrity breaches

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Year

Breach Recourse
2016 Failure to obtain ethics approval Disciplinary letter, no use of data collected,  research participants required to be notified and consent obtained from approved information and consent letter, review of ethics requirements
2016 Plagiarism Disciplinary letter, removal of plagiarized material from research document, investigation across three academic institutions, agreed resolution with letter of apology to offended faculty members
2016 Inadequate acknowledgment Publication withheld by journal until author correctly acknowledged
2016 Redundant publication Journals notified and redundant publications withdrawn, disciplinary letter and education on the Research Integrity Framework
2016 Invalid authorship Removal of inappropriate or inaccurate attribution of authorship from identified publications, disciplinary letter and education on Research Integrity Framework
2016 Inadequate acknowledgement Journals amended to correct acknowledgement, plus education on what is appropriate acknowledgment according to university policies and Research Integrity Framework
2016 Failure to obtain ethics approval Disciplinary letter, notification to cease collection and use of proprietary software
2016 Failure to obtain ethics approval Disciplinary letter, cessation of research and letter of apology
2016 Failure to obtain ethics approval Investigation, no use of data collected and letter of apology
2016 Failure to obtain ethics approval Investigation found no misrepresentation to research participants, additional training on research approval procedures and obligations
2015 Failure to obtain ethics approval Disciplinary letter, no use of human participant data, training and review of ethics requirements
2015 Failure to obtain ethics approval Disciplinary letter, review of guidelines and policies, correction of pre-print chapter
2015 Failure to obtain ethics approval Secure approval, review policies on website, training
2015 Data fabrication Expelled with no possibility of readmission
2015 Inadequate acknowledgment Apology letter to co-author and journal, disciplinary letter
2015 Failure to obtain ethics approval Secure approval, review policies on website, training
2015 Failure to obtain ethics approval No use of human data, training and review of ethics requirements, change to course syllabus
2014 Data fabrication Expelled with no possibility of readmission
2013 No confirmed research misconduct breaches  
2012 Plagiarism Article retraction, erratum and apology, and four month suspension without pay