Research integrity

Everyone involved in academic teaching and research at Utrecht University shares in the responsibility to maintain research integrity.

Codes of conduct

The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018 sets out the principles that should be observed by each individual concerned, which are honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence and responsibility. In addition, Utrecht University established the Utrecht University Code of Conduct for Scrupulous Academic Practice and Integrity (2014). It describes the basic principles of the culture of scrupulousness and integrity the university strives for in her teaching and research and how this should be achieved and monitored. This includes ensuring that staff take a critical stance and feel able to address each other's shortcomings and engage in open debate.

Master's students

Research integrity is also an issue for students, throughout their Master’s programme, for example, related to such issues as copyright and plagiarism. Utrecht University made a checklist with pointers for students about writing a paper, the use of references, conducting research, the use of data and working with other students. Being a student, you’ll find advice to help you on your way, and handy hints. Master’s students can contact their faculty contact person or university confidential advisors for research integrity for dilemma’s or complaints regarding research integrity.

PhD candidates

The GSG offers a mandatory course on research integrity. Details can be found at education and development, under Mandatory courses. PhD candidates can contact the faculty contact person or university confidential advisors for research integrity for questions, dilemmas or complaints regarding academic integrity. Additional information on the faculty contact person can be found on intranet.