Code of conduct

Academic integrity is high on the agendas of Dutch universities. VU Amsterdam and VU Medical Center work hard to ensure that all their academic staff have a good knowledge of the national VSNU Code of Conduct and remain informed of the latest developments regarding academic integrity policy. Despite this, situations can still arise where academic integrity seems to have been compromised.

VU Amsterdam and VU Medical Center (VUmc) subscribe to the rules as set out by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and elaborated by the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU). In a European context, the European Science Foundation (ESF) and All European Academies (ALLEA) have set out their academic integrity rules and principles in an English-language policy document.

VU Amsterdam and VUmc operate a joint policy for the handling of academic integrity complaints. This complaints procedure outlines the various steps to be taken in the event of a complaint, the officers who play a role in this procedure and what you can expect once a complaint has been submitted.

General questions can be directed to F. Smitskamp (Fieke), academic integrity policy adviser and official secretary to the Academic Integrity Committee (CWI):,
+31 (0)20-59 85338 (Mon. to Thu.)

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