Good Scientific Practice Ethics


Sincerity and integrity are the underlying principles of research and academic activity. The University of Bern does not tolerate any dishonesty within the realm of academia. The Senate of the university has therefore passed regulations regarding academic integrity and appointed an integrity officer to deal with reports of dishonesty.

The details of the requirements relating to research quality can be taken from the regulations regarding academic integrity (see Art. 3 in particular). Art. 4 and 5 of the regulations list examples of violations of the principles of academic integrity. The regulations subsequently contain provisions regarding the course of the procedure involved (Art. 7 to 16). It should also be pointed out that the regulations represent a minimum standard: If a faculty has its own regulations to combat dishonesty within academia which go beyond the existing regulations, then these regulations will apply.

Integrity Officer of the University of Bern

Task and purpose

The integrity officer is the contact person for all members of the university regarding any questions of dishonesty. This person is responsible for assessing reports of dishonesty, clarifying matters in advance and conducting the procedure. The integrity officer is independent of the various bodies of the university.

In the event of any violations of the principles of academic integrity that might detract from the making of scientific discoveries or violations that might infringe individual interests deserving of protection, the integrity officer will conduct a procedure to establish whether there has been any culpable (i.e. intentional or negligent) misconduct.

Requests and reports

Requests relating to questions of dishonesty within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 3 of the regulations regarding academic integrity can be submitted in writing or via e-mail. Reports of dishonesty within the meaning of Art. 7 Para. 4 must be made in writing to the integrity officer, explaining the reasons.