Anyone who suspects a breach of responsible conduct of research or pressure on freedom of research at Aarhus University can bring the case before the Research Practice Committee. However, if the case involves pressure on freedom of research, the complainant must make an attempt to resolve the issue through dialogue with the party/parties involved before reporting the case. The complainant may seek assistance from their immediate supervisor or the faculty’s advisers on the responsible conduct of research and pressure on freedom of research.
Regardless whether the substance of the case involves questionable research practices, research misconduct or pressure on freedom of research, the complainant is responsible for documenting and providing evidence of the suspected breach of responsible conduct of research or exerted pressure on freedom of research.
The Research Practice Committee can consider cases of questionable research practices or pressure on freedom of research. If a case involves questions of research misconduct, the case will be submitted to the Danish Committee on Research Misconduct for consideration at national level.
The Research Practice Committee concludes its cases by submitting a statement to the rector. The statement contains an account of the facts of the case, and in addition a recommendation regarding sanctions or other measures in response to the case where relevant.