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Confidential counsellor for academic integrity issues

Last updated on 12 October 2021
If you have questions about the way in which the Code of Conduct for Research Integrity is applied, for example in the order of authors in an article, the lack of a reference to your work or someone who has incorrectly appropriated your results or ideas, ask one of the Confidential Advisors for advice. Scientific Integrity.

Violation of academic integrity rules?

If you have any suspicions that a VU Amsterdam or VUmc academic staff member has violated the academic integrity rules (e.g. through plagiarism or manipulation/fabrication of research data), it is advisable to contact one of the confidential counsellors.

Advice and/or assistance

The confidential counsellor’s role is to advise and/or assist anyone who seeks their support. He/she can discuss the nature and seriousness of the situation with you and advise you on the appropriate course of action. In some cases he/she can explore whether the issue can be resolved through mediation between the parties. The other party can also seek support from one of the other confidential counsellors or from another person of his/her choice.

Submit a formal complaint

Sometimes the confidential counsellor will advise you to submit a formal complaint to the Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit (EB). In this case the EB will refer the complaint to the Academic Integrity Committee (CWI). The CWI procedure is explained under the heading ‘Stage 2’ (below). The confidential counsellor can help you to submit the complaint in the correct manner.

Four clusters

The confidential counsellors are grouped per cluster of faculties (Humanities & Theology, Sciences, Social Sciences, Medicine). To ensure a correct assessment of the situation, it may be advisable to select a confidential counsellor from the cluster to which the complaint relates. However, you are free to select a confidential counsellor from a different cluster if you prefer.

Find all information about academic integrity and a list over the confidential counsellors on behalf of the four clusters.