National Cheng Kung University Implementation Regulations for Safeguarding Academic Ethics and Research Integrity


Passed on Oct. 25, 2017, 1st University Council of the 2017 academic year

The organization chart was amended in the 1st University Council of the 2020 academic year on October 21, 2020.


Article 1
The Implementation Regulations are enacted by National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) to promote the correct ideas related to academic ethics and research integrity (The Academic Integrity) as well as to establish education, prevention, management, and self-discipline mechanisms related to academic integrity in order to foster a high quality academic research environment in NCKU.

Article 2
The Office of Academic Integrity (The Office) has been established by the University with the intention of promoting and coordinating tasks related to academic integrity. Its missions are as follows:
1. Act as central coordinator for all policies and norms related to academic integrity.
2. Regularly hold promotional and coordination meetings related to academic integrity tasks.
3. Supervise the planning and implementation of education mechanisms related to academic integrity.
4. Supervise the planning and implementation of consulting institutions related to academic integrity.
5. Handle whistle-blowing cases related to academic integrity.
6. Handle other related matters.

Article 3
The Vice-President of the University shall be appointed by the President to serve as the sole Director of the Office. The director shall recruit one to two full-time professors to serve as Deputy Director of the Office (with the consent of the President), whose terms shall both be one year and may be reappointed once the terms end.
The Office may recruit researchers with doctoral degrees to carry out research tasks as required. The Office may also recruit a number of administrative personnel to carry out tasks related to academic integrity.


Article 4 
The Academic Integrity Promotional Committee, set up by the Office, shall have the Director of the Office as the convener, while the Head Secretary, Head of Academic Affairs, Head of Student Affairs, Head of R&D, Director General of Innovation Headquarters, and all college deans are ex-officio members of the Committee. The rest committee members are to be recruited by the President from within or outside of the University and shall serve two-year terms with reappointment possible. 

Article 5
Educational tasks related to academic integrity shall be carried out by the Office of Academic Affairs, which will regularly survey and promote courses, seminars, forums, or events related to academic integrity. Such information shall be integrated and published on the University’s course platform to distribute educational resources related to academic integrity.


一、研究發展處與產學創新總中心統籌辦理研究利益衝突相關業務,研究計畫主持人或團隊如有利益衝突情事時應主動揭露,送交研究利益衝突委員會審查。研究計畫主持人應揭露而未揭露者,自負民、刑事及行政責任。利益 衝突之態樣、審查程序及相關事項,另定之。
Article 6
Prevention, management, and review mechanisms related to academic integrity associated with research proposals:
1.The Office of Research as well as Innovation Headquarters shall oversee the coordination of research tasks related to conflicts of interest. Where a conflict of interest arises in relation to the principal investigator or the team, the person in question shall disclose any conflict of his/her own accord and submit information to the Committee of Conflicts of Interest for further review. If the principal investigator fails to disclose such information when he/she is deemed as required to make such disclosure, he/she will assume full civil, criminal, and administrative responsibilities that arise therefrom. Categories of conflicts of interest, review procedures, and other related matters shall be drafted separately.
2.Research proposals that include human subjects must be submitted by the principal investigator to the Human Research Ethics Committee or the Institutional Review Board under the Affiliated Hospital of the College of Medicine. Research can begin only when the proposal has been approved by either of the aforementioned committees.
3.The Office of Research and Development shall oversee the coordination and review of ethics education credit hours related to research proposals. All staff who takes part in the research shall complete ethics courses.

Article 7
The Office shall oversee and coordinate consulting services related to academic integrity.

Article 8
The Office shall handle whistle-blowing cases by setting up a whistleblower hotline and a website independent of the University’s website. Once the Office receives a whistle-blowing case, the Director, Deputy Director(s), and Head of the Office of Academic Affairs will hold a meeting to determine whether to officially accept the case. Once accepted, the case will be handled by the units with jurisdiction.

Article 9
Measures related to the investigation, review, and penalty/suspension of teachers and researchers who violate academic integrity shall follow the Regulations on Reviewing Academic Ethics Cases of the University’s Teachers and Researchers. Said Regulations shall also apply to post-doctoral researchers and full-time/part-time assistants involved in research projects. Students who violate academic integrity shall be handled according to the regulations related to student academic ethic cases.

Article 10
Funding for maintaining the Office shall be allocated by the University Affair Funds.

Article 11
Any matters that are not regulated in these Regulations shall be administered according to the laws and regulations of the competent authority.

Article 12
The Regulations shall be implemented upon approval by the University Council. Any amendments shall be processed accordingly.

These regulations were translated from the original Chinese. In the event of any discrepancies between the two versions, the Chinese always takes precedence.