Codes of conduct

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Utrecht University has established specific regulations governing conduct. These are based on the key principles of professional and quality academic conduct and ethically-responsible research.

Academic and scientific integrity

On 1 October 2018, The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018 (pdf), enters into force. The Code sets out the principles that should be observed by each individual concerned, which are honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence and responsibility.  

July 2014 saw the introduction of the Code of Conduct for Scrupulous Academic Practice and Integrity (PDF). It describes the key principles of a scrupulous and ethical organisational culture in education and research and how the university community achieves and monitors this.

Read more about academic and scientific integrity.

Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct (PDF) provides the framework for behaviour and reflection for employees and students of Utrecht University. The Code describes the values that govern the way people work and study at the University.

Language of Instruction

The Dutch law on Higher Education and Scientific Research (WHW) specifies that education and exams take place in Dutch, except in certain circumstances. This Code of Conduct on the Language of Instruction (pdf) describes how Utrecht University implements this law in its Language policy.

Ancillary activities

Utrecht University has regulations governing ancillary activities (Scheme Ancillary Activities, PDF). It is a requirement of some job categories that the ancillary activities be disclosed via a statement on the profile page. This is the case for professors, for example. Read more about ancillary activities.

Inappropriate behaviour

Utrecht University has a Code of Conduct for Inappropriate Behaviour to prevent and combat inappropriate behaviour. This code of conduct contains more information about what falls under inappropriate behaviour.

Domestic violence and child abuse protocol

As of 1 January 2019 Utrecht University is required to have a protocol for suspicion of domestic violence and child abuse regarding students and employees.

The protocol for students can be found on the student site.

The protocol for employees, regarding employees or students, can be found on the intranet.