All those involved in university education and academic research at the UvA have a responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. The general principles of professional academic conduct need to be observed at all times.
Code of conduct
The UvA endorses the principles of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice (Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) 2004, version 2014). According to the code, scientific practitioners must respect the principles of scrupulousness, reliability, verifiability, impartiality and independence, and are expected to do everything in their power to promote and ensure compliance with these principles in their academic environment.
If you have any questions about academic integrity, please contact one of the UvA’s confidential advisers for academic integrity. Your questions or suspicions relating to academic integrity violations will be treated confidentially.
Academic Integrity Committee
One way to monitor academic integrity is to exercise the right to submit a complaint when employees of the University of Amsterdam have violated or are suspected of having violated academic integrity.
In order to facilitate this process, the UvA has adopted Academic Integrity Complaints Regulations (2013) and established an Academic Integrity Committee charged with reviewing complaints and issuing recommendations on their handling to the Executive Board.
Frequently asked questions on academic integrity
What constitutes a violation of academic integrity (in brief)?
- Fabrication: introducing fabricated data.
- Falsification: the falsification of data and/or secretly omitting findings obtained through scientific research.
- Plagiarism of other people’s publications and results (wholly or in part).
- The intentional omission and failure to acknowledge contributions by other authors is a form of misconduct related to plagiarism.
- Wrongly presenting oneself as an author or co-author.
- The intentional misuse of statistical or other methods and/or the intentional misinterpretation of results.
- Culpable carelessness in the conducting of research.
- Permitting and concealing the misconduct of colleagues.
For a detailed explanation of the above points, see the Appendix to the Complaints Regulations.
What do I do if I suspect academic integrity is being violated?
You may submit your complaint to the Committee, either through the Executive Board or the adviser. The Committee will then assess whether the complaint is admissible on the basis of criteria including:
a.) a clear description of the known or suspected violation of academic integrity by one or more specified employees of the University;
b.) the relevant written documents or other evidence.
Will my complaint be handled confidentially?
All complaints will be handled confidentially. The submission of a complaint may not result in any direct or indirect disadvantage to the complainant, except where the complainant has not acted in good faith. The same also applies to witnesses, experts, the advisers or the Committee members.