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Reporting a Breach or Research Misconduct

Reporting a possible breach or research misconduct by a Macquarie staff member or student

If you believe that the actions of a Macquarie University staff member or student may constitute a breach of The Macquarie Code or Research Misconduct you are encouraged to report it.

Macquarie staff and students may speak with a Research Integrity Advisor before making a report. Speaking with an Advisor will help you to understand whether a breach or research misconduct may or may not have occurred, the process for making a report and any possible implications of making a report.

People external to Macquarie University should contact the Director, Research Ethics and Integrity.

Reports should be made in writing (email or hardcopy is acceptable) to the Director, Research Ethics and Integrity. Your report should clearly outline the details of the possible breach or research misconduct. It should, as far as possible include, any evidence that you have access to that will help in the initial assessment of the situation, for example, drafts of manuscripts or altered images. It isn't your job to collect all the evidence, the subsequent inquiry will obtain further evidence if necessary, but if there are things that you can get hold of it will be helpful.

Reports should be sent to:

Dr Karolyn White
Director, Research Ethics and Integrity
Level 3, Research HUB, C5C
Macquarie University, NSW 2109


Can I make an anonymous report?

Macquarie University is committed to the principles of natural justice. We therefore encourage people to bring forward allegations, but will not normally act on anonymous allegations. In some cases however the person making a complaint may wish not to be identified to other people. If this is the case we will, as far as possible, keep the person's identity confidential.

Public Interest Disclosures

Where the allegations relate to serious wrongdoing arising from:

  • corrupt conduct;
  • maladministration;
  • serious and substantial waste in the public sector; and
  • failure to exercise functions in accordance with any provisions of the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (NSW) ('GIPA Act').

Reports should be made under the Reporting Wrongdoing: Public Interest Disclosures Policy and Procedure.

Reporting a breach or research misconduct by people external to Macquarie University.

If an alleged breach relates to people outside Macquarie University the report should be made to the person's institution. If the allegation relates to a publication the report can be made to the editor of that publication.

If you need advice or assistance in determining who to report an allegation to, please contact Research Ethics and Integrity.

Reprisals and malicious allegations will not be tolerated

The University will not tolerate any reprisal action against staff who accurately and honestly report possible breaches or research misconduct. In assessing and dealing with reports of possible breaches or research misconduct, the University will consider the possibility of reprisal action and seek to minimise its occurrence. If a staff member is concerned about the possibility of reprisal action, they should raise the matter with the Director, Research Ethics and Integrity. Similarly, if any staff member is concerned that any action they need to take in the course of their role may be perceived to amount to reprisal action, they should consult the Director, Research Ethics and Integrity. Staff members who take detrimental action against an individual who accurately and honestly reports possible breaches or research misconduct may be disciplined by the University in accordance with relevant University policies and industrial instruments.

Frivolous/vexatious/malicious allegations of either breaches or research misconduct will not be tolerated or investigated. Persons making such allegations may be the subject of disciplinary actions. In serious cases, or where the person is from outside Macquarie University, the matter may be referred to the police.