Procedures for investigating allegations

Tips for Handling Physical Evidence in Research Misconduct Cases
To provide suggestions on the sequestration of data that will be useful to institutions conducting misconduct inquiries and investigations.
This is the second of two articles on the importance of evidence management in misconduct cases. If evidence is not sequestered systematically or promptly, with an identifiable chain of custody, the integrity of the evidence can be questioned, creating avoidable complications in misconduct cases. Attention to detail is vital and it is better to secure more, rather than less, evidence and corroborating information. Proper evidence management protects the research and all those involved.
Reference of the resource
Tips for Handling Physical Evidence in Research Misconduct Cases, The Office of Research Integrity.
Dealing with breaches of RI
Procedures for investigating allegations
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Relevant stakeholder(s):
Early career researchers
Senior researchers
Members of Research Ethics Committees
Members of Research Integrity Offices/Bodies
RPO senior management staff (Rectors, Deans)
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System (macro level)
Institution (meso level)