Good Scientific Practice Ethics

Scientific Integrity

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

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 Officers of the University of Bern

Task and purpose

The integrity officers are the contact persons for all members of the university regarding any questions of scientific integrity. These persons are responsible for assessing reports of violations of scientific integrity, clarifying matters in advance and conducting the procedure. The integrity officers are independent of the various bodies of the university.

In the event of any violations of the principles of scientific integrity that might detract from the making of scientific discoveries or violations that might infringe individual interests deserving of protection, the integrity officers 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 scientific integrity within the meaning of Art. 6 Para. 2 of the regulations regarding scientific integrity can be submitted in writing or via e-mail. Reports of scientific misconduct within the meaning of Art. 7 Para. 4 must be made in writing to the integrity officers, explaining the reasons.