On 30 September 2019, the Senior Specialists of the Office Mindaugas Židonis and Kamilė Kapočiūtė introduced to the academia the conditions of use and functionality of the PlagScan text-matching software.
On 22 August, the Ombudswoman Loreta Tauginienė presented to the participants of the conference “Being a human among human beings” held by the Language Centre of State Institutions the insights related to ethical infrastructure in 32 gymnasiums of Vilnius.
Mykolas Romeris University (MRU), Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) and the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania invite to take part in the event “Perspectives of Citizen Science in Lithuania”.
On 12 July, the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures Loreta Tauginienė and the Senior Specialist Gintarė Židonė participated in off-site training of coordinators of the Student Representation of Vilnius University.
On 26 June, a discussion on the role of such public institutions as the Office, the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee and the Research Council of Lithuania in enhancing the focus of academia on research ethics was held at the Research Council of Lithuania.
On 19–21 June, the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures Loreta Tauginienė and the Senior Specialists Kamilė Kapočiūtė and Regimantas Juras took part in the 5th International Conference “Plagiarism Across Europe and Beyond” and the 3rd International Conference “Shaping Ethics in Academia and Society”.
On June 2–5, the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures Loreta Tauginienė and the Senior Adviser Kristina Pažusytė participated in the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity, WCRI 2019.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Lithuania, the Research Council of Lithuania and the Office of Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania will hold an information seminar “Enhancing the Role of Research Ethics”.
The Seimas adopted amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses revising administrative liability for submitting works created by ghost-writers to higher education and research institutions as own research or study papers, and the hand-over of written papers submitted by other persons as their own research or study papers.
Supporting the initiative of the Lithuanian National Union of Students (the LSS) to assess the prevalence of academic dishonesty in Lithuanian research and higher education institutions and to identify causes of academic dishonesty, this year the Office has assisted the LSS in conducting a research “Academic Integrity Index”.
Representatives of the Office participated in the discussion “Technological Development and Ethical Aspects” held by the Young Academy of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University.
The Lithuanian University Rectors’ Conference (LURK) approved the Guidelines for Publication Ethics drafted by the temporary working group for academic integrity and ethics of the LURK at the meeting held on 8 February.
The Ombudswoman Loreta Tauginienė and employees of the Office met with Eigirdas Sarkanas, President of the Lithuanian National Union of Students (LSS) and Viktorija Žilinskaitė, Vice-President of the LSS.
The Ombudsperson and employees of the Office met with Deputy Director of the Centre of Information Technologies in Education (CITE) and the Head of Department of Registers of Pupils, Students and Teachers.