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Statutes of the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania

 

Handling Complaints and Investigations

In fulfilling the assigned tasks, the Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures shall consider the complaints of the whistleblowers and at own initiative carry out the investigations of the actions of natural and legal entities (acts and omissions), which violate or are suspected to violate the academic ethics and procedures, first of all, the principles of academic integrity, academic freedom, impartiality in assessing research, equal rights to participate in competitions, and ethical relations as well as the complaints regarding the abuse of heads of research and higher education institutions and heads of administration of departments in the field of academic ethics and procedures.

(Statutes of the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania, paragraph 13 subparagraph 1)

 

Prevention

Tasks of the Ombudsperson are the following:

Contributing to the quality of higher education and research by nurturing the principles of academic responsibility and ethical research practices by applying the preventive measures against plagiarism, unauthorized copying and other unauthorised use of intellectual property results developed by other people as well as counterfeiting, fraud and manipulation of research data;

Provide recommendations to research and higher education institutions on the development, embedding and improvement of academic ethics codes and other measures of academic ethics;

Make proposals to the Seimas, the Government and other competent institutions regarding the measures to ensure the compliance with academic ethics and procedure;

In the procedure set by the legislation, promote and support the initiatives of natural and legal persons and society, which help to implement the measures for promoting and ensuring the quality of higher education and research based on the principles of academic ethics;

Collect, analyse and summarize the data on violations of academic ethics and procedures, violations of the Law on Higher Education and Research or statutes and codes of academic ethics of research and higher education institutions, applied cases of administrative liability as well as other information related to the compliance with academic ethics and procedures in Lithuania known to the Ombudsperson.

(Statutes of the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania, paragraph 12 subparagraph 6, paragraph 13 subparagraphs 2–4 and 6–7)

 

Consulting

The Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures provides consultancy to research and higher education institutions, members of academic community on issues related to academic ethics and procedures.

(Statutes of the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania, paragraph 13 subparagraph 5)

Updated: 2019.12.16