Integrity

How do we relate to one another and to the outside world? That is the burning question at the heart of scientific integrity at Wageningen University & Research.

Integrity in general

Generally speaking, all students and staff are expected to behave with integrity in all matters relating to education, research, and services to society. Together, the Integrity Code of Wageningen University & Research and the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice set out the main guidelines of integrity for members of staff and, more specifically, for scientific researchers and practitioners at Wageningen University & Research. Integrity is also safeguarded by certain protocols, agreements and complaints procedures. All members of staff are required to act in adherence to both the letter and the spirit of this mandatory code of conduct and, if necessary, to remind one another of what it says.

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All staff and students at Wageningen University & Research are expected to comply with and uphold the principles of the Integrity Code of Wageningen University & Research; namely, scrupulousness, reliability, independent societal accountability and an inspiring and safe working environment. The conditions for additional professional activities are set out in the Regulations for Additional Employment Activities. The internal organisation and potential clients need to know the details of any additional work undertaken by staff members in order to avoid conflicts of interest (or the appearance of conflicts of interest). Accordingly, all employees must request written permission before embarking on additional professional activities. The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice requires scientific researchers and practitioners (including professors) to publish any additional professional activities on the profile pages of the Wageningen University & Research website (see also below).

In their letter of appointment, new members of staff agree to adhere to the Integrity Code of Wageningen University & Research, the Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice and the Network Regulations and to report any additional professional activities. Wageningen University & Research also has procedures for reporting suspected breaches of integrity, such as the Whistleblower’s Regulations and the Procedure for Undesirable Behaviour, and provides assistance and guidance for dealing with undesirable behaviour.

Scientific Integrity

Scientific integrity implies adherence to the principles of the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice: scrupulousness, reliability, verifiability, impartiality and independence. Integrity is the mainstay of scientific research and an essential precondition for maintaining tenability and credibility.

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Corporate Governance Code

The principles of proper governance are set out in the Corporate Governance Code Wageningen University & Research. This code applies to both Wageningen University and the DLO Foundation.

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