Panel for the Investigation of Research Misconduct

Extract from the Regulations Concerning the Investigation of Research Misconduct:


6.1 There shall be a Committee on Research Misconduct (the “Committee”) for the investigation of allegations of Research Misconduct referred to it by the RIO. The Committee shall consist of four (4) members:

(i) one (1) member of the University community with relevant knowledge and expertise appointed by the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations) in consultation with the Dean;

(ii) one (1) external member who has no current affiliation with the University appointed by the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations); and

(iii) two (2) members with relevant knowledge and expertise appointed by the Secretary-General from a panel of ten (10) established in accordance with the procedures set out at section 6.9.

6.2 In the event that a Respondent is a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow the Committee shall be comprised of five (5) members with the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, or delegate, serving as a fifth (5th) member.

6.3 In the event that the Respondent or Respondents hold appointment in, or are registered or affiliated with, two or more faculties, the Vice-Principal (Research and International Relations), in consultation with the Deans of the relevant faculties, shall consult and decide who shall serve as their appointee.

6.4 In the event of the recusal of a member of the Committee pursuant to section 6.8, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the above provisions.

6.5 The Committee when constituted shall select a chair from amongst its members. The chair shall have a casting vote if there is a tie in voting.

6.6 The RIO, shall take reasonable steps to ensure that the members of the Committee have no bias or conflict of interest with the Respondent, the Complainant, or the case in question.

6.7 The RIO shall determine if the Complainant has a legitimate and direct personal interest in the outcome of the investigation and, if so will notify the Complainant of the membership of the Committee.

6.8 Within three (3) working days of notification of the composition of the Committee, the appointment of any member of the Committee may be challenged for bias or conflict of interest by the Respondent or, where the Complainant has a legitimate and direct personal interest in the outcome of the investigation, the Complainant. The validity of a challenge shall be determined by the RIO, whose determination shall be final.

6.9 There shall be a panel of ten (10) members of the academic staff of acknowledged standing and expertise, appointed to staggered terms of office of three (3) years commencing on September 1st, as follows:

(i) Prior to the March 1st of each year, the Secretary-General shall request from the President of the McGill Association of University Teachers (M.A.U.T.) and the Principal a slate of names, consisting of at least twice the number of vacancies on the panel to be filled that year.

(ii) The slate of recommended names shall be submitted by the President of M.A.U.T. and the Principal to the Secretary-General for consideration by the Senate Nominating Committee. From this slate, the Senate Nominating Committee shall select the persons to recommend to Senate to fill the vacancies. Reasonable efforts shall be made to give due consideration to representation from different disciplines.


Panel - 2020-2021 Membership

Professor John Hanrahan (Physiology, MEDICINE) – 2021
Professor Claudia Mitchell (DISE, EDUCATION) – 2021
Professor Paul Clarke (Pharmacology and Therapeutics, MEDICINE) – 2022
Professor David Lowther (Electrical and Computer Engineering, ENGINEERING) – 2022
Professor Jonathan Kimmelman (Biomedical Ethics Unit; Social Studies of Medicine; cross appointments in Experimental Medicine, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and Human Genetics, MEDICINE) – 2022
Professor Jacqueline Bede (Plant Science, AES) – 2023
Professor Debra Titone (Psychology, SCIENCE) – 2023
Professor Nathan Hall (Educational and Counselling Psychology, EDUCATION) – 2023
Professor Terry Hébert (Pharmacology and Therapeutics, MEDICINE) – 2023
Professor Michael Hendricks (Biology, SCIENCE) - 2023 

Secretary: Ms. Bonnie Borenstein

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