Any member of King's College London who suspects that a breach of good research practice or research misconduct may have occurred should, in the first instance, address this with their line manager or Head of Department, to seek local resolution, guidance, or support. If such action is not possible or appropriate, then you are advised to contact the Research Integrity Office directly. Allegations of suspected research misconduct may also be made by individuals external to the College by reporting concerns directly to the Research Integrity Office.
Any member of the university may wish to raise concerns under the Policy on Information Disclosure (Whistleblowing), where appropriate. Where matters of research misconduct are raised this way, they will be referred to the Research Integrity Office to be handled under the research misconduct procedure.
Upon notification of an allegation or concern, the Research Integrity Office will forward the initiator of a complaint a copy of the Proforma for Reporting Allegation(s) of Research Misconduct. Anonymous allegations will be considered at the discretion of King’s College London, taking into account the substance, detail, and seriousness of the allegation.
The College’s Procedure ensures the exercise of due diligence in making inquiries as to the substance and provenance of an allegation. It is important to note that the Procedure is an internal investigation process and is neither adversarial nor disciplinary (though the investigation may result in disciplinary proceedings).
King’s staff and students are advised not to initiate any research misconduct investigation themselves, but instead should report this as detailed above. If any meetings or discussions are held in relation to suspected research misconduct, you are advised to ensure a third party is present to record the discussions in writing.