Consequences of Breaching Researcher Responsibilities
The consequences of breaching your responsibilities as a researcher will depend on the nature of the breach, the applicable law and your contractual obligations. Action may be taken in respect of one or all of the following: your research conduct; ethical conduct; and legal responsibilities. The types of action which may be taken include:
Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
- Disciplinary action by employer/institution e.g. dismissal
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
- Suspension or removal of ethical approval for research project (this may lead to loss of research funding).
- Depends on the applicable law but in some cases this can result in criminal conviction, jail time or substantial fines.
Other contractual arrangements
- Depends on the specific contractual arrangements but there can be financial penalties and/or loss of access to data in the future for the individual and/or their institution.