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Commission on Scientific Integrity

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COMMISSION ON SCIENTIFIC INTEGRITY

Hasselt University endorses the Code of Ethics for Scientific Research in Belgium and the European Charter for Researchers. Both codes of conduct attach great value to the integrity of scientific research.

The Ethical Code of Scientific Research in Belgium serves as a basis and as a reference for assessing reports. The Code is based on the following principles, which are further elaborated in the Code:

Accuracy and caution

  • Accuracy: A researcher’s work is deemed to be accurate when he/she applies the generally acknowledged rules of his/her discipline with precision.
  • Caution: A researcher’s behavior is deemed to be cautious when he/she acts with foresight and precaution and when he/she is guided by the concern to avoid harm to anyone else. 

Reliability and verifiability

  • Reliability: Researchers are deemed to be reliable when they act in such a way that third parties can trust them to proceed in a professional manner, both in their scientific work and in their manner of reporting on it.
  • Verifiability: Researchers’ work is deemed to be verifiable when it allows colleagues to follow the progress of the research and to reproduce it, if need be.

Independence and impartiality

  • Independence:In their scientific activities, researchers are guided by rules of a scientific nature, which are a condition of their independence.
  • Impartiality: Researchers are impartial when they do not allow themselves to be influenced by their preferences, sympathies, interests or personal prejudices in the execution of their scientific work.

Competences

The procedure applies to infringements that have arisen or have been committed by researchers during the period that they were or are connected to Hasselt University or to an academic training of a partner University College.

 The CSI is responsible for:

  • The examination of the reports of problematic behavior and the formulation of the advices on the necessary actions;
  • The suggestion of procedure adjustments if necessary;
  • The examination of questions about scientific integrity, on their own behalf and on behalf of the Research Council, the Doctoral School Board, the Board of Deans and/or the Board of Governors;
  • The proposal of trainings or awareness initiatives on scientific integrity (for examples seminars, trainings, possibly research on integrity issues).

 The following matters are outside the scope of Scientific Integrity:

  •  Questions regarding the ethics of science, which are addressed in the various ethical committees and/or safety committees:
  1. Social and Societal Ethics Committee;
  2. Medical Ethics committee;
  3. Animal Ethics Committee;
  4. Bio-safety Committee;
  5. Information Security Policy Committee.
  • Questions regarding property law aspects of scientific discoveries and their use, such as problems related to patents and conflicts of interest in spin-off files. For this there is a separate regulation and / or there is a procedure via the Tech Transfer Office;
  • Problems between student and teacher, also in the context of a master's thesis (such problems fall within the ombudsperson and the examination committee’s area of competence);
  • Problems between the doctorandus and the supervisor of doctoral research and problems related to the task of the supervisor as supervisor (such problems must be investigated within the framework of the doctoral regulations and can be reported to the ombudsperson for doctoral students).

 

Contact

Chairman of the Commission on Scientific Integrity: Geert Molenberghs

Secretary of the Commission on Scientific Integrity: Ann Peters