Scientific integrity

Integrity and Ethics

Everyone involved in teaching and research at Maastricht University shares in the responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. All of our academic staff are expected to adhere to the general principles of professional academic practice at all times.

Maastricht University endorses the principles of professional scientific conduct as expressed in the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Integrity and has established its own 'Regulation for Scientific Integrity at Maastricht University'.This is in compliance with the overarching UM Integrity Code of Conduct.

Procedure

In case of questions or complaints concerning scientific integrity, the counsellors on scientific integrity are the primary contact persons. The counsellors will try to mediate in the complaint or to reach a solution. If this is not possible, they will guide the complainant in filing the complaint with the UM Committee on Scientific Integrity. Ph.D. candidates who have questions or complaints concerning scientific integrity can also contact the confidential advisor at their faculty, before contacting the UM counsellors on scientific integrity.

Contact

Within UM, prof. Gerjo Kok, prof. Franz Palm and dr. Ree Meertens act as the Confidential Advisors on Scientific Integrity. 

You can contact Prof.Gerjo Kok, Prof. Franz Palm or dr. Ree Meertens by email at vertrouwenspersoonwi[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl or call the secretary to the counsellor, Jackelien Weinans at +31 (0)43 388 2350.

Committee for Scientific Integrity

The Committee for Scientific Integrity advises the Executive Board on complaints filed regarding scientific integrity. The Regulation for Scientific Integrity defines what constitutes a violation of scientific integrity and the procedure for submitting a complaint.

The external and independent committee consists of prof. C. Flinterman (chair), prof. W. Kusters and prof. H. Struijker Boudier. The secretary of the committee is Niels Harteman MSc.

Submitting a complaint
 

Complaints must include the following:

  • a clear description in writing of the (alleged) violation of scientific integrity by one or more specified employees of Maastricht University
  • written or other types of evidence related to this
  • the complainant’s name, job title and contact details
  • the complainant’s signature and date

Confidential advisors for Ph.D. candidates

In addition to the counsellors and committee for scientific integrity, each faculty has appointed one or more confidential advisors for Ph.D. candidates. The confidential advisors can advise Ph.D. candidates on a wide range of issues, problems and conflicts, including but not limited to scientific integrity. The advisors are:

More information on scientific integrity you can find on the website of The Association of Universities in the Netherlands and the website of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen.

  Go to Confidential advisor for employees
  Go to ombudsman

 

Complaints should be submitted to:​
Niels Harteman
Secretary, Committee for Scientific Integrity
niels.harteman[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl
+31 (0)43 388 3286

or by mail:
Maastricht University
Secretary, Committee for Scientific Integrity
MUO/ N. Harteman, Msc
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
(mark the envelope 'personal and confidential')