You are expected to observe high standards of professional behaviour both in the practice and publication of your research. Any practice or conduct that seriously deviates from those ethical standards for proposing, conducting and publishing research constitutes research misconduct and a violation of University policy, which is available at:

Policy for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Research

Note that there are specific procedures for dealing with allegations of research misconduct involving research supported by funding from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).  Allegations of research misconduct involving USPHS funds must be reported to Dr Neale Laker, Director of Academic & Corporate Governance, who will notify the United States Office of Research Integrity (ORI).  The University will then work with the ORI to ensure that the process for responding to the allegation of research misconduct is consistent with U.S. federal regulations (see Appendix 2 of the above policy).

If you discover information which is believed to show malpractice or wrongdoing within the institution, then this information can be disclosed without fear of reprisal and may be made independently of line management. The code governing this process is intended to assist you if you believe that you have discovered malpractice or impropriety. It is not designed for the questioning of financial or business decisions taken by the institution; nor may it be used to reconsider any matters which have already been addressed under harassment, complaint or disciplinary procedures. The University will treat all such disclosures in a confidential and sensitive manner. The policy is available at:

Whistleblowing (Public Interest Disclosure) Policy

The University of Dundee has completed an investigation into allegations of research misconduct by an individual member of staff under its Code of Policy and Procedures for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Research.

The investigation found that the individual had committed serious research misconduct. Following the conclusion of the investigation, the individual has left the University. The University is satisfied with its investigation and is committed to learning lessons from it.

The University is communicating the outcomes of its investigation to relevant interested third parties, including funding partners. The University is also notifying the relevant journals in order for the scientific record to be corrected accordingly.