Conduct and integrity
To make the values and standards at our university explicit, a Code of Conduct has been drafted. In this code, the values that inspire working and studying at Tilburg University are described. It is a framework for reflection on the university's core values and describes the requirements regarding personal conduct of employees and students. The Code of Conduct offers room to call one another to account. Specific rules of conduct are laid down in separate regulations which are referred to below. These regulations contain complaint procedures and provide possibilities to impose sanction.
The VSNU (Association of Universities in the Netherlands) has produced various codes of conduct on education, research, and business operations. Tilburg University is committed to complying with these codes. There is an overview of codes of conduct for the universities on the VSNU website. The Dutch universities observe rules to prevent any market distortion when they undertake marketing activities. These rules are set out in the Code of Good Governance for Universities (version 2013).
Tilburg University has a two-tier governance structure: management and supervision are separate functions.
The Board of Governors has an independent position
and monitors the university’s objectives. It functions as a Supervisory
Board. The outside activities of the members of the Executive Board
have been approved by the Board of Governors’ Remuneration Committee.
These outside activities are governed by the Work for Third Parties Regulations.
The Dutch universities observe rules to prevent any market distortion when they undertake market activities. These rules are set out in the Code of Good Governance for Universities 2013. At Tilburg University, this Code is fully in force. Ways in which the Code is being implemented are detailed in reports by the Board of Governors and the Executive Board in Tilburg University’ annual report (in Dutch).
Tilburg University endorses the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Memorandum on Scientific Integrity of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). To protect and guarantee academic integrity in relation to academic activities, the Executive Board has adopted the Tilburg University Scientific Integrity Regulations. These Regulations provide for a complaints procedure.
Suspected abuses and breaches of academic integrity can be reported to an independent confidential advisor. Prof. Dr. Cyrille Fijnaut has been appointed as such. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, 013 - 466 8306, Room M 827. If necessary, complaints may be reported anonymously.
The Committee for Scientific Integrity handles complaints at Tilburg University. You can request a second opinion on a decision resulting from the advice of this Committee from the National Board for Research Integrity (LOWI), an independent advisory body established by KNAW, VSNU and NWO.
Statement Research Data
The core idea of preserving and providing access to research data is verifiability and, if necessary, re-use / replication. The statement research data describes Tilburg University’s vision on the careful handling of, managing of, and providing sustainable access to research data.
Work for third parties
At Tilburg University, agreements have been made with professors and other employees on reporting their work for third parties. Under Article 1.14 of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CLA), university employees are obliged to notify their employer of their work for third parties. At our university, supplementary Work for Third Parties Guidelines have been adopted.
have been made with the Minister of Education, Culture, and Science on
the transparency regarding work for third parties by professors. As a
result of these agreements, the work for third parties performed by
Tilburg University professors can be found at their individual profile
pages (see Experts & Expertise). It is the responsibility of the professors themselves to ensure that the information on the profile page is up to date.
As Tilburg University takes transparency as regards work for third parties extremely seriously, it has tightened up supervision in the past few years and formulated the above-mentioned Work for Third Parties Guidelines. The up-to-dateness of the information on the profile pages will be regularly checked. In addition, work for third parties will be a fixed item in the Result & Development interviews.
For more information, please contact the HR Policy Department (phone 013 - 4662814).
There is a clear procedure for employees or confidential advisors who want to report suspicions of misconduct. The Whistleblowers' Regulations protect employees who have made disclosures from any adverse consequences. A whistleblower is an employee who reports suspicions or illegal or immoral practices taking place under the employer's responsibility which put a major social interest at stake, to persons who could possibly take action against them. These regulations were drafted to help contribute to an honest and transparent organization and good governance.
If staff or students are faced with unacceptable behavior, e.g. bullying, sexual harassment, aggression and violence or discrimination, they can call upon a confidential advisor. This advisor will assist, give advice and support if necessary in submitting a formal complaint. You can read more about this in the Unacceptable Behavior Complaints Regulations.
The confidential advisors can help you to solve problems and conflicts. They are also the contact point for employees, students and visitors on campus who are faced with unacceptable behavior, such as, for example sexual harassment, bullying, aggression and violence, or discrimination. They are the contact point as well when abuse is suspected, or for an employee involved in a conflict for which the regular channels have not let to a solution.