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Research Integrity

Research integrity is an indispensable prerequisite for progress in research and for the credibility and acceptance of science and its institutions in society. Research integrity is based on adherence to fundamental principles of good scientific practice in the sense of reliability, probity, respect and responsibility.

Integrity Ordinance of the UZH

UZH is obliged to adhere to the rules of good scientific practice. Scientific misconduct is not tolerated at the University of Zurich and measures are taken to prevent such misconduct. The ordinance on dealing with scientific misconduct at the University of Zurich is based on national and international standards for dealing with scientific misconduct. It applies to all persons working in an academic capacity at UZH at the time of a scientific misconduct, including doctoral students. Verordnung über den Umgang mit wissenschaftlichem Fehlverhalten an der Universität Zürich (in German)

Consultation – Investigation – Decision

The structures and procedures for investigating cases of suspected scientific misconduct are legally clearly regulated. The Integrity Ordinance distinguishes between three instances in the procedure:

  1. Ombudsperson: First point of contact in the event of suspected scientific misconduct and university-wide advisory body
  2. Research Integrity Delegate: Investigative body on behalf of the university’s executive board
  3. University’s Executive Board: Decision-making body on how to conclude the proceedings and any measures to be taken on the basis of the results of the investigation and the recommendations of the investigating body

What to do in a case of suspected misconduct?

The ombudsperson and his/her deputies are the first point of contact in the event of suspected scientific misconduct of researchers at UZH. They also provide general advice and support on issues of research integrity. All concerns are treated strictly confidentially.
More information and the contact form for the ombudsperson and his/her deputies can be found on the UZH for Researchers website:
UZH for Researchers: Research Integrity

Weiterführende Informationen

For Researchers

Detailed information, recommendations, services and points of contact for questions and concerns about research integrity can be found on the UZH for Researchers website.