Academic integrity

Hoogleraar in het Academiegebouw van de Universiteit Utrecht

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

Code of conduct for research integrity

We adhere to The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018(pdf). The Code sets out the principles that should be observed by each individual concerned, which are honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence and responsibility.  

Code of Conduct for Scrupulous Academic Practice and Integrity

Our Code of Conduct for Scrupulous Academic Practice and Integrity (pdf) describes the basic principles of our culture of scrupulousness and integrity we strive for in our teaching and research. It also describes how we achieve and monitor that as a university community.

Utrecht University's aim is for this to encourage students and staff to behave with integrity and scrupulousness. The Code of Conduct for Scrupulous Academic Practice and Integrity has been formulated partly in response to debates with staff and students over recent years.

Academic Integrity Counsellor

You can address any questions or complaints about academic integrity to the Academic Integrity Counsellor Iris Engelhard by sending an email to The Counsellor attempts where possible to mediate between the parties involved in the complaint or otherwise reach an amicable resolution.

Committee for Academic Integrity

The academic integrity counsellor can also advise to submit an official complaint to the Committee for Academic Integrity. Please submit any official complaints in writing. You can send your letter to the following address:

Committee for Academic Integrity
Legal Affairs department
P.O Box 80125
3508TC Utrecht

Committee of Academic Integrity

The Committee receives administrative assistance from Myriam Nijssen or Petra Vlugter of the Legal Affairs department. Any complaints that are submitted are handled by the chairman and two other members of the Committee. The Committee will first determine whether the complaint is admissible and, if this proves to be the case, assess the substance of the complaint. It then informs the University’s Executive Board on whether or not it finds the complaint to be grounded. For further details, please consult the Utrecht University Academic Integrity Complaints Procedure (PDF).