Mission Statement

As an internationally-respected research university, the Chinese University of Hong Kong has always sought to uphold the highest standards of research ethics. The University enjoys a proud reputation for the excellence of its teaching and research and for the integrity of its staff and students. This hard-earned reputation is an important asset. If its members fail to uphold the highest standards of research integrity, they risk tarnishing the collective reputation of the academic community and bringing the University into disrepute. The University therefore takes a severe view of research fraud and other forms of research misconduct.

CUHK Guidelines on Research Ethics and Policies

The University’s policy on research ethics is contained in Paragraphs 9 and 17 of the University’s Policy on Research (click here). These paragraphs set out detailed procedures for the investigation of allegations of research misconduct and prescribe a range of appropriate disciplinary measures against offenders, including termination of employment.
The University has also developed procedures for specific types of research activity, with the aim of ensuring that the conduct of research in these areas conforms to the highest international standards. Its procedures for the conduct of clinical research involving Human Subjects, both at the University and in its associated NTEC hospitals, can be found in the Human Subject Ethics Section. Procedures for the humane treatment of laboratory animals can be found in the Laboratory Animal Ethics Section. Guidelines conforming to international best practice have also been developed for the conduct of survey and behavioural research and they can be found in the Survey and Behavioural Ethics Section. Guidelines for publication ethics can also be found in the corresponding section. 

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