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Graduate School of Humanities

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is an important element in the PhD trajectory, and is addressed in several different settings.

The introductory meeting for new PhD candidates includes a component on academic integrity, they sign the Code of Conduct on Academic Integrity, they take a course on scientific integrity, and the PhD degree award ceremony comes with an explicit exhortation to heed the obligations to society and to science that the degree entails.

Scientific integrity course for PhD candidates
The course consists of a plenary lecture, followed by a 90-minute workshop at institute level. The lecture and the workshop are offered twice yearly, once in the fall term and once in the spring term.

This year’s spring term lecture will be held on Thursday 16 April 2020, from 2.15 to 5.00 pm, in Lipsius 147.

The workshops will be held shortly after the plenary lecture. Please contact your institute’s management for the time and location of the workshop at institute level.

For whom
All PhD candidates are encouraged to attend. Attendance is mandatory for those who enrolled on or after 1 January 2019, preferably during the early stages of their research. Proof of attendance of the lecture and the workshop must be uploaded in Converis GSM (under “followed courses”).

External PhD candidates who cannot attend may request an exemption from their first supervisor, watch the video recording of the lecture (you will be informed once this is available), and discuss scientific integrity in relation to their own work in a meeting with their first supervisor. A report of this meeting must be uploaded in Converis GSM (also under “followed courses”).

Please visit the course information page to register for the lecture. You will receive an email from your institute about the workshop.

Ethics Committee
The ethics committee of the Faculty of Humanities gives binding advice on ethical issues in research. Using the checklist, researchers are to determine whether their research needs to be presented to the committee for an ethics review.

More information
For more information on academic integrity, regulations and procedures, the committee and confidential adviser for academic integrity, please visit the university’s web page on academic integrity.

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