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Graduate School of Science

Academic Integrity

The integrity and reliability of academic research are of fundamental importance to the University. All parties, both within the University and outside, must be able to have confidence that our research is conducted in a scrupulous, fair, verifiable, impartial and independent manner. To make sure PhD candidate receive appropriate training regarding academic integrity, all PhD candidates are required to follow a Scientific Conduct course.

Scientific Conduct Course

A number of cases of scientific fraud and misconduct were bad publicity for the scientific world. Are these cases signs of a system in crisis or just some anomalies in an otherwise good scientific framework? This course will give attention to the grey area and your role as an individual scientist to prevent misconduct. See the link 'PhD Training Program' (menu to the left) for more information.

Code of Conduct

You can find the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018 in the menu on the right.

For more elaborate information on academic integrity, regulations and procedures, the committee and confidential adviser for academic integrity, please visit the university's website on academic integrity.

Confidential Adviser Academic Integrity

The Confidential Adviser is your initial point of contact for questions or circumstances related to academic integrity and any suspicions you may have about a member of staff, or former member of staff, of Leiden University. The Confidential Adviser is bound to confidentiality and is independent of the Academic Integrity Committee, which investigates the validity of complaints.

The main task of the Confidential Adviser is to give advice and to inform complainants of possible routes and procedures to be followed. The Confidential Adviser, together with the complainant, will assess the nature and seriousness of the suspected violations and explore possible courses of action.

The complainant can, of course, choose to first discuss his or her questions or concerns with other asppropriate parties, for example, close colleagues or the Institute Director. In all cases, it is possible to submit a complaint directly to the Academic Integrity Committee if the nature and urgency of the case warrant this.

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