Scientific Integrity

Everyone involved in education and research at TU/e bears personal responsibility for observing and maintaining scientific integrity. At TU/e we require strict compliance with the overall principles of professional scientific conduct in all cases.

Codes of conduct

The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice (VSNU 2004, updated in 2012 and 2014) provides details of these principles. TU/e endorses these principles, which apply as guidelines for the university (see article 1.7 WHW Higher Education and Scientific Research Act). TU/e has its own Code of Scientific Conduct effective on September 1, 2014. This TU/e Code fulfils the need for a more concise version. It also clarifies certain elements of the Netherlands Code in the light of recent developments and the specific characteristics of scientific activities at a technical university.

TU/e Code of Scientific Conduct

At TU/e you are trained to carry out academic research with integrity. To make clear exactly what is meant by academic integrity, a code has been drawn up identifying five central values, each of which is accompanied by a number of related norms and principles. The central values are: trustworthiness, intellectual honesty, openness, independence and societal responsibility.

For example, as a scientist you may not lay claim to any results that you have not contributed to; this is a question of intellectual honesty. The Code was drawn up in consultation with scientists from many different fields and officially came into force in 2014.

The TU/e Code is a collection of guidelines expressing how you should behave as a scientist and how you can expect other scientists to behave. So the Code is not a legal document or a contract that you sign with the university. Other- often more specific issues- such as examination fraud and data confidentiality, are covered by other regulations and documents which often do have a legal status.

All academic staff and master’s students at TU/e are asked to sign the TU/e Code and in so doing to declare that they support the central values and will endeavor to carry out their research in accordance with the standards of integrity contained therein.

Complaints procedure scientific integrity TU/e

One of the ways to verify scientific integrity is the right to complain in cases of (suspected) infringements. The Executive Board has defined the complaints procedure scientific integrity TU/e for the practical handling of this right to complain.

Confidential advisor and complaints committee

TU/e has appointed a confidential advisor to support anyone faced with a possible infringement of integrity in seeking a solution and submitting a formal complaint.

The confidential advisor is:

Prof.dr.ir. G.J.F. (Gert-Jan) van Heijst
Tel.: 040 -247 2722
E-mail: g.j.f.v.heijst@tue.nl

The secretary of the complaints committee is:

Mr. B.F.J. (Baukje) Rongen
Tel.: 040 247 4511
E-mail: B.F.J.Rongen@tue.nl