Research integrity and ethics
Promotion of ethics at the University of Oulu
Researchers’ adhesion to the principles of research integrity and ethics is part of the University’s quality assurance. The University personnel and students are familiarized with the research integrity guidelines and the process of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK with extensive education.
University of Oulu has committed to follow the research integrity guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK.
The University of Oulu ethics working group
The Ethics Working Group’s tasks include, among other things, sparking discussion about the university’s values and ethical questions. The working group is discussing how to make these values visible in the university’s work, and it also makes ethical proposals.
During the term 2022-2023, the Ethics Working Group’s special duties are:
- Promotion of education and training on ethics and research integrity at the University of Oulu
- Ethical issues related to responsible science questions.
Satu Pitkäaho (Chair), Project Coordinator, Faculty of Technology
Aija Ryyppö (Secretary), Senior Specialist, Unit for Strategy and Science Policy
Research integrity advisers at the University of Oulu
At the University of Oulu, there are four research integrity advisers trained by the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK, who provides low-threshold personal advice on research integrity to researchers and other staff. Advice can be asked, for example, on notification of an alleged research integrity violation or if one has become a subject of such an allegation. More information for researchers on intranet Patio (requires login with university user id).
Ethical recommendations for the process of supervision and reviewing of doctoral dissertation
The recommendations by the Universities Finland UNIFI and the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK belong to the significant part of the University of Oulu's quality assurance.
The Finnish Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and Procedures for Handling Alleged Violations of Research Integrity in Finland 2023 (pdf)
The University of Oulu is committed to follow the research integrity guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK.
If the alleged research integrity violation has taken place before 5.4.2023, the violation is investigated according to the 2012 guidelines: Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland. Guidelines of the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity 2012 (pdf).
Research integrity institutions
Action in problem situations
Form for reporting allegations of research integrity violations
The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) has developed a template form for reporting allegations of research integrity violations. TENK thus responds to the need expressed by universities and other research organizations, as well as the Ministry of Education and Culture, to simplify the reporting of scientific fraud and to facilitate the preparation of the research integrity report.
The notifier does not have to be a researcher or a member of the scientific community. TENK does not receive notifications, but the notification must be made to the research or educational institution where the research is mainly conducted or the suspected researcher works. It is good that the notifier gets acquainted with the research organization’s own instructions for making the notification. A notification of an allegations of research integrity violation shall be sent to the Rector or Administrative Director of the University of Oulu.
Harassment and bullying reporting policy at the University of Oulu
Everyone at university has a responsibility to prevent harassment and bullying. Improper treatment can be addressed by notification. The University of Oulu has introduced a harassment and bullying reporting policy. Improper behavior can be reported anonymously by a web-form through which a student or employee can submit a request to deal with a bullying or harassment situation in accordance with the University of Oulu's operating model.