Responsible Conduct of Research

Brock University is committed to research integrity and the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

To that end, we have created  The Responsible Conduct of Research Policy, which fosters an environment that values the responsible conduct of research. The Policy promotes education about, and awareness of, the principles and practices of the responsible conduct of research and ensures that we comply with federal government requirements in this area.

Brock and the Office of Research Services take allegations of research misconduct very seriously. If you have any questions or concerns about research taking place at Brock, please contact Dr. Tim Kenyon, Vice-President, Research. Written allegations may be submitted in any form; however, an optional template is available.


All research and teaching that involves the use of human subjects, animals, radiation, biohazardous material, and field safety must comply with Brock University policies and procedures, which are based on national legislation and the requirements of national government and non-government organizations.

Our internal policies are outlined under Section 3C, 2 (2.1, 2.2, 2.3) of Brock University’s Faculty Handbook Section 3: Academic Regulations. 

Major external bodies that inform our work include: the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2, 2014); the federal government Tri-Council Agency’s Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research, the national peer review agency Canadian Council on Animal Care, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, among others.

Researchers who are required to get ethics clearance for research involving humans and/or animals must present their applications to two key Brock University structures: Research Ethics Boards (human) and/or the Animal Care Committee (animals).

If you are a Brock University researcher looking to apply for ethics clearance for research involving humans and/or animals, or if you need assistance with laboratory or field safety, please refer to the Office of Research Ethics and Animal Care Services sections of our internal Services for Researchers site (login required).

The federal government’s Panel on Research Ethics is pleased to announce Taking Part in Research : A new set of educational resources, which assists current and prospective participants in their choices about taking part in research. The resources, a brochure and frequently asked questions, are available online for use by the general public, researchers, research ethics boards and institutions.