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Academic integrity

The confidential counsellor for academic integrity is your first point of contact for questions or situations involving academic integrity and any suspicions you may have concerning current or former employees of Leiden University.

All Dutch universities have signed the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice. Any violation of this Code of Conduct is considered to represent a violation of academic integrity. This may include any of the following:

  • Faking, falsifying or deliberately misinterpreting research results
  • Deliberately misusing statistical and other methods
  • Plagiarising publications
  • Ignoring or failing to recognise co-authors or falsely pretending to be the author or co-author of a text
  • Failing to correct errors following well-founded criticism or concealing a colleague’s misconduct

What can the confidential counsellor for academic integrity do?

You can contact the confidential counsellor for academic integrity to discuss any questions or complaints you may have concerning academic integrity. The confidential counsellor can assist you in your attempts to mediate the case or resolve the issue in some other way. The confidential counsellor can also advise and guide you in filing a complaint with the Committee.

For whom?

The confidential counsellor is available for all Leiden University employees and students.

Committee on Academic Integrity

You can always directly file a complaint with the Committee on Academic Integrity. If needed, the confidential counsellor can advise you on how best to do this. Persons who are not employed by Leiden University can also submit a complaint to the Committee on Academic Integrity.

Confidentiality guaranteed

The confidential counsellor and the Appeals and Objections Committee, as well as their respective secretaries and secretariat, are bound by a duty of confidentiality. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.

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