Office of the Ombudsperson for Academic Ethics and Procedures continues its meetings with academic communities in 2022. On 22 February 2022, a meeting was held with members of the academic community of Kazimieras Simonavičius University. More than 20 participants attended the meeting.
During the meeting, the Senior Specialist (Senior Analyst) of the Office, Dr Julija Umbrasaitė informed the academic community of the University about the development of academic ethics provisions in the higher education, types, examples, and consequences of academic ethics breaches and presented the activities of the Office. During the meeting, the Senior Specialist (Senior Analyst) of the Office, Dr Eglė Ozolinčiūtė presented the Office’s Guidelines for ensuring academic ethics in distance learning organising and discussed the challenges faced by Lithuanian research and higher education institutions in the event of a pandemic. The participants had the opportunity to self-assess whether the University’s distance learning is organised in such a way as to prevent breaches of academic ethics during studies, especially during examinations.
The Lead of the Office, Dr Loreta Tauginienė presented the results of the studies “The monetary value of research and publication ethics breaches: damages caused by the researcher” and “The monetary value of research and publication ethics breaches after retracting a scientific publication”. The discussion focused on what corrective actions could be taken, e.g., when breaches of academic ethics are observed at different stages of the study process, whether separate codes of academic ethics should be developed according to the academic community groups.