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The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship is divided into two sections that deal with (1) principles of scientific integrity and the responsibilities of researchers, Institutions and the Agencies in upholding these principles; and (2) procedures to promote integrity and prevent misconduct, and to address misconduct in research funded by the Agency or the other Agencies. As a condition of eligibility to receive research funds, Institutions must have in place an integrity policy that is consistent with the Tri-Council Policy Statement.
The Framework for Tri-Council Review of University Policies Dealing with Integrity in Research (June 24, 1996) provides a checklist of items that should be included in institutional integrity policies. Institutions can obtain “Framework” on the Web (Framework for Tri-Council Review of Institutional Policies Dealing with Integrity in Research) or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Institution agrees to:
The report should include information on the process that was followed, the conclusions that were reached and the actions that were taken when a breach was determined to have occurred.
If the report is unclear or the process followed by the Institution in conducting its investigation appears to be in any way inadequate or inconsistent with the Institution's policy, the Agency may request that the Institution provide clarification or additional information.
The Agencies have a responsibility to:
The criteria for compliance are determined by the responsibilities described in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship.
In the event that circumstances arise in which an Institution appears to be, or is found to be, in non-compliance with Agency policy under this Schedule, the Agency will follow the procedures described in Schedule 8, starting at level 3.
The Agency may also share information with the other two Agencies about issues relating to a specific institutional policy, so long as the Agencies respect the confidentiality of the integrity cases involved.
This Schedule forms part of, and complements, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Institution and the Agency/Agencies published at: www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/MOURoles-ProtocolRoles/index_eng.asp