Principles for safeguarding good scientific practice
The statutes commit the TU Darmstadt to the general principles of good scientific practice. These include, in particular, working lege artis, i.e. in accordance with the methods, maintaining strict honesty with regard to one's own and third parties' contributions, consistently questioning all results oneself, and permitting and promoting critical discourse in the scientific community.
The statutes also define the organizational responsibility for implementation, the appointment of ombudspersons, the handling of cases of suspected scientific misconduct. It makes statements on scientific methods and documentation needs, publications and authorship, as well as data management and archiving.
(opens in new tab) Satutes – Grundsätze zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt (in German only)
(opens in new tab) Orientierungshilfe bei Verdacht auf wissenschaftliches bzw. prüfungsrechtliches Fehlverhalten an der TU Darmstadt (in German only)
Misconduct Investigation Procedure at TU Darmstadt
In case of suspicion of scientific misconduct, the TU Darmstadt defines the rules of procedure in its own statutes. Within this procedure, the ombudspersons have a special role. The independent ombudspersons advise all members or affiliates of the university in questions of good scientific practice and in questions of suspected scientific misconduct. As far as possible, tehy contribute to a solution-oriented conflict mediation. The advice given is strictly confidential.
If you wish, you can have an informal, confidential consultation with one of the trusted persons, which is not yet part of the preliminary examination process.
(opens in new tab) Statutes – Verfahren bei Verdacht auf wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten an der Technischen Universität Darmstadt (in German only)
(opens in new tab) Handreichung für den Umgang mit Verdachtsfällen auf wissenschaftliches Fehlverhalten in Prüfungsarbeiten (in German only)
Consulting committee appointed by DFG and further information
Here you will find (Ombudsman für die Wissenschaft), a committee appointed by the German Research Foundation that assists all scientists and researchers in Germany when it comes to questions and conflicts related to good scientific practice (GSP) and scientific integrity. The German Research Ombudsman