A Research Integrity Advisor can:
- provide confidential and independent advice
- help you identify and clarify the issues based on areas of research conduct, principles and values of responsible research, and/or other issues impacting on, or directly connected to research
- provide information to help you make an informed decision about your options/how to proceed
- provide a limited personal opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of adopting a particular course of action and/or the options available.
Beyond this a RIA cannot take any further action or role in the matter.
A Research Integrity Advisor cannot:
- act as an advocate, represent or promote your interests
- provide advice as to the likely outcome, or how you must proceed
- express an opinion on behalf of VU or any other person
- investigate the matter, or take any steps to obtain further information about the facts or issues
- make a complaint or take any action on your behalf
- solve the problem for you.
You do not have to identify yourself, and can be assured that all communications with a RIA will remain confidential. A RIAs obligation to maintain confidentiality is ongoing and continues after the completion of the matter.