Codes and guidelines

Research at the University is governed by the University of Sydney Code of Conduct for Responsible Research Practice and Guidelines for Dealing with Allegations of Research Misconduct (the Code). The Code establishes a framework of responsible research practice and conduct and it applies to a ‘researcher’ defined as ‘all staff members and students carrying out research under the imprimatur of the University’.

The University is also a signatory to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (ACRCR), developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia.

The purpose of the ACRCR is to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practices, in particular it:

  • promotes integrity in research
  • explains community expectations
  • assists researchers, administrators and the community with how to manage departures from best research practice.

The ACRCR is written specifically for universities and other public sector research institutions. However, all organisations involved in research will be encouraged to incorporate it as far as possible in their operating environments. The ACRCR is also a reference for people outside the research community who require information on the standards expected in responsible conduct of research within Australia.