Adopted by the university board on 30.06.2012
1. Responsibilities and scope
a. The Research Ethics Committee at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences is the university’s advisory body for research ethics. The committee must handle and issue statements on individual cases arising out of alleged breaches of scientific integrity or breaches of good scientific practice at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences. Individual research ethics cases may be submitted to the committee by the principal or university director.
b. The committee may itself initiate cases on the basis of allegations or suspicions.
c. The committee submits written statements to the university board on individual cases concerning potential breaches of scientific integrity. The statement must include a reasoned assessment. The committee may recommend submission to the National committee for the investigation of misconduct in research or that the board at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences makes its own decision on the case.
d. The principal may ask the committee to deal with and issue statements on research ethics cases of a general nature.
e. The work of the committee must be based on the Research Ethics Act, other relevant laws and Guidelines for handling of individual cases in the event of suspected scientific misconduct and breaches of good scientific practice at Hedmark University of Applied Sciences
2. Composition and appointment
a. The committee must comprise five members and two deputy members. At least one of the permanent members must be external and possess legal expertise. Other members and deputy members must have a high level of scientific competence and together cover central research fields and scientific methods at the university.
b. The committee works in consultation with the principal to obtain other necessary expertise for dealing with individual cases. For example, the committee can be strengthened with a representative of the specialist field to which the case relates.
c. In the event of a tie, the Chair of the committee has the casting vote.
d. The Chair of the committee, other members and deputy members are appointed by the university board for a period of four years, with the option of reappointment.
e. The university’s lawyer is the secretary to the committee.
f. The committee meets as required.
3. Reporting and access
The committee must issue a report on its activities to the university’s board each year. The activities of the committee must be open to public access within the scope of the rules guaranteeing data protection.
4. Scientific misconduct
Scientific misconduct refers to falsification, fabrication, plagiarism and other serious breaches of good scientific practice committed with intent or gross negligence during planning, implementation or reporting of research (cf. Section 5 of the Research Ethics Act)