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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Research Misconduct

Reporting issues

All individuals have a responsibility to raise any concerns about poor research practice or misconduct that they identify.

Some instances of poor practice may not constitute misconduct but may, if unchecked, jeopardise the integrity of the research. Such concerns should normally be raised with the Principal Investigator.

Where potential misconduct is identified, this should be raised immediately through the appropriate University procedure.


Any allegations against students will be handled under the procedures detailed in the General Regulations of the University, Section IV.

Any allegations against staff will be handled under HR's Procedure for the Investigation of Allegations of Misconduct in Research.

Where allegations involve more than one institution, the University expects that investigations will be managed in accordance with the principles set out in the Russell Group Research integrity statement of co-operation.