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Conduct and integrity

Tilburg University has a number of rules and values that guide working and studying at Tilburg University. Our Code of Conduct makes the values and standards at our university explicit and describes the requirements regarding personal conduct of employees and students. The Privacy & Security Portal gives you a complete overview of everything you need to know when working with personal data or other data that you need to store securely.

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 sanctions.

Universiteiten van Nederland

Universiteiten van Nederland (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 website Universiteiten van Nederland. The Dutch universities observe rules to prevent any market distortion when they undertake marketing activities.

Social media guidelines

The rapid growth of social media in combination with the ease of use and the potential reach of messages make social media attractive communication channels. Tilburg University encourages the use of these channels. However, these applications can also have consequences that are deemed less desirable. The employee, at all times, holds the responsibility for his or her comments made on social media.

To avoid possible negative consequences, the social media guidelines have been drawn up for Tilburg University employees.

Good governance

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 Ancillary activities 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. 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’s annual report (in Dutch).

Administration and management regulations

The Administration and Management Regulations regulate the administration, management, and structure of the university. It contains provisions on the delegation of the management and administrative powers to the relevant bodies within the university and sets out the university's structure.

Research integrity

Tilburg University endorses the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2018). This code applies to all research projects and activities started after 1 October, 2018. For projects and activities that were started before October 1, 2018, the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Practice (revised in 2014) applies.

Research integrity is an essential and integral part of good research practices and is a key element in the education of future generations of researchers. Tilburg University is committed to protecting and guaranteeing research integrity. 

Training Research Integrity

All Tilburg University researchers are strongly encouraged to complete the e-learning module on research integrity. The module provides insights into responsible and questionable research practices, applicable regulations and information on relevant Tilburg University policies. For PhD researchers, the e-learning module on research integrity is compulsory.

The University also expects PhD researchers to partake in a face-to-face training. The training provides the opportunity to discuss the norms of good science and the virtues of a good scientist with fellow PhD researchers, as well as how to navigate grey areas of research and integrity dilemmas. PhD researchers receive an invitation to the workshop through the TiSEM graduate school.

For (co-)supervisors of PhD researchers, a one-day master class is being offered. During the day, the focus is on the relationship between (co-) supervisor and PhD researcher.

For more information or in case of questions, contact Integrity Training.

Confidential Advisor on Research Integrity

The Confidential Advisor on Research Integrity, Prof. W.J.M. van Genugten, can be contacted for any concerns and/or complaints about research integrity. If the confidential advisor believes a complaint can be resolved amicably, he will attempt to mediate, or he will offer advice on how to file a complaint with the Research Integrity Committee. More information can be found here.

Tilburg University Research Integrity Committee

Tilburg University ensures a transparent process for reviewing cases where research integrity may have been violated. It is possible for complaints to be dealt with anonymously. Research Integrity Complaints Regulations Tilburg University (version 1 november 2019) regulates the submitting and handling of complaints and aims to lower the threshold for reporting suspicions of research misconduct.

If it concerns complaints submitted before November 1, 2019 the Tilburg University Scientific Integrity Regulations (version 2012) apply.

Official complaints must be filed in writing with the Research Integrity Committee. The Committee will investigate the complaint and will offer its opinion to the Executive Board.

You can file a complaint using the following contact information:

Tilburg University
Research Integrity Committee
Room C 125
P.O. Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg

E-mail: cwi@tilburguniversity.edu

Members Research Integrity Committee 

The members of the Research Integrity Committee come from all faculties of Tilburg University. A complaint or request is dealt with by the chair and two members. The composition is determined on a case-by-case basis.

External chairmanprof. mr. dr. A.J.C. de Moor-van Vugt

prof. dr. M.L. Antheunis (TSHD)

prof. dr. E. Gijsbrechts (TiSEM)

prof. dr. P.H.A.I. Jonkers (TST)

prof. dr. R.A.J. van Gestel (TLS)

prof. mr. M.A. Loth (TLS)

prof. dr. T.E. Nijman (TiSEM)

prof. dr. M.M.S.K. Sie (TSHD)

prof. dr. mr. T.F.E. Tjong Tjin Tai (TLS)

prof. dr. M.J.P.M. van Veldhoven (TSB)

prof. dr. J.K. Vermunt (TSB)

prof. dr. J. de Vries (TSB)

Official Secretarymr. R.D. Harteman (Legal Affairs, Executive Services)
SecretariatG.E. Verhagen (Legal Affairs, Executive Services)

The Netherlands Board on Research Integrity (LOWI)

A second opinion on a decision of the Executive board based on the advice of the Scientific Integrity Committee may be sought from the National Board for Research Integrity (LOWI), an independent advisory body established by KNAW, VSNU and NWO. See also the LOWI Regulations.

Data management regulations

The core idea of preserving and providing access to research data is verifiability and, if necessary, re-use / replication. The regulation research data management describes Tilburg University’s vision on the careful handling of, managing of, and providing sustainable access to research data.


Tilburg University attaches great importance to being able to report suspicions of misconduct. If employees, students, confidential advisors or other parties involved wish to report suspicions of misconducts at Tilburg University which put a major social interest at stake, there is a clear procedure for doing so. This procedure is described in the Whistleblowers' Regulations. The regulation also aims to protect the whistleblower the moment they report suspicions of misconducts. These regulations were drafted to help contribute to an honest and transparent organization and good governance.

Unacceptable behavior

Tilburg University wants to provide in a save social environment for visitors, students and employees. In short, a culture in which respect for one another is key, and visitors, students and employees can develop and

There are different forms of unacceptable behavior: sexual harassment, bullying, aggression and violence and discrimination. If you experience certain behavior as disturbing, this is every reason to term it unacceptable behavior.

Unacceptable behavior can cause work or study performance to deteriorate, or can create a hostile, intimidating or unpleasant work or study environment. It is important to tackle undesirable behavior. Each employee, student and visitor is expected to make an active contribution, not only in relation to his/her own behavior, but also by taking an alert attitude to all forms of unacceptable behavior one identifies, because unacceptable behavior is absolutely undesirable.

The university wants to prevent unacceptable behavior and treat complaints about unacceptable behavior  in a proper way. For that, a complaints regulation unacceptable behavior is set, and confidential advisors are appointed on behalve of the first care of persons that are confronted with unacceptable behavior.

Confidential advisors and ombuds officer

Confidential advisors

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, 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 led to a solution.

Ombuds officer for staff

As an addition to the existing help structure, employees can also contact the ombuds officer for staff if a need arises in the working situation for independent and impartial advice, referral, or mediation.

Animal experiments openness code

No experiments involving animals (in Dutch) take place at Tilburg University.

General house rules for promotional activities

General information

  • All applications for promotional activities must go through the Facility Service Desk.
  • Commercial activities by persons, businesses and institutions not connected to the university are not permitted.
  • The following promotional activities are permitted, subject to the House Rules for Promotional Activities, at the designated places in the buildings and on the university grounds:
    • Hanging of posters.
    • Distribution of flyers.
    • Renting of information stands.
    • Hanging of banners.
    • Placing of equipment and/or objects.
  • All promotional activities are assessed against the Tilburg University House Rules and the House Rules for Promotional Activities. You are therefore requested to read these house rules carefully before submitting your application.
  • Activities relating to university elections are subject to specific rules: the House Rules for Promotional Activities - Elections.
  • Permission is required to rent information stands, hang banners and place objects. You must apply for permission to the Facility Service Desk.
  • The Safety & Security Department monitors compliance with the House Rules for Promotional Activities. Instructions from the Safety & Security Department must be obeyed.

House Rules  for Promotional Activities

House rules