Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

- Scientific Research Deanship Sets Scientific Research Code of Ethics



The Deanship of Scientific Research, Umm Al-Qura University (UQU), has set the Scientific Research Code of Ethics approved according to a number of regulations adopted at grand universities. The regulations have been subject to internal and external arbitration and have been approved by the Scientific Council after many amendments to comply with the accepted research integrity frameworks in academic institutions and research entities.

The assigned committee has set such regulations depending on several regulations of local, regional and global grand universities which have benefitted the committee in setting such proposal. Specifically, the committee has relied heavily on the Scientific Research Code of Ethics at King Saud University (KSU), in belief that the two universities (KSU and UQU) have worked under one research ethical umbrella.

This Scientific Research Code of Ethics has been organized into fifteen articles, grouped together under various titles mentioned here in detail. Each of such articles has comprised a set of rules or items that have been suitable for each article or rule according to the university regulations that have been made available to the Committee. These regulations have been followed then by applicable or modifiable guiding models. At the end of the Code of Ethics, there has been a list of the most significant Arab and foreign references to which the Committee has referred.

Here we can briefly mention the most significant of these regulations:

  • The general framework for the application of scientific research code of ethics.
  • The essence of values regulating the ethics of scientific research.
  • Explanation of UQU’s obligations towards the affiliates thereof.
  • Development of ethics for professors, research arbitrators, theses supervisors, graduate students and researchers.
  • It has not been forgotten to discuss the ethics of intellectual property, research on humans, animals and plants, the environment, academic publication and ethical practices of scientific research procedures. The regulations have been concluded by the accountabilities and sanctions that would fall on those who have violated the research ethics.

This has been in line with the general framework and trends witnessed by our beloved Kingdom, especially after the introduction of the initiatives of the Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020. Such initiatives have aimed to start a paradigm shift at all levels and sectors, foremost among which have been the education sector and the association thereof with the organizing set of ethical principles. In other words, this has aimed to promote such effective dynamic system.

It is worth mentioning that the Vice Presidency of UQU for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research has been working to activate the application of the regulations by establishing specialized committees in various domains. Such committees have been related to the Higher Committee for Research Integrity.

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