Research integrity and ethics
Promotion of ethics at the University of Oulu
Researchers’ adhesion to the principles of the research integrity and ethics is part of the University’s quality assurance. The University personnel and students are familiarized with the responsible conduct of research guidelines (RCR guidelines) and the process of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK with extensive education.
University of Oulu has committed to follow the guidelines of 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 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), Quality Manager, Unit for Strategy and Science Policy
Research integrity advisers at the University of Oulu
At the University of Oulu, there is four research integrity advisers trained by the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK, who provide low-threshold personal advice on research integrity to researchers and other staff. Advice can be asked, for example, on notification of alleged RCR violation or if one has become a subject of such 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.
Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland
The University of Oulu is committed to follow the RCR guidelines of the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity TENK.
Research integrity institutions
Action in problem situations
Form for reporting allegations of misconduct of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
The Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) has developed a template form for reporting allegations of misconduct of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). 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 RCR report. TENK hopes that the structured form will streamline the processing of RCR notifications and harmonize practices.
The notifier does not have to be a researcher or a member of the scientific community. TENK does not receive RCR 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 misconduct of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) 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.