Ombudsperson for Science

The Ombudsperson for Science has been established in accordance with a recommendation of the international commission "Self-Control in Science" and sees itself as an advisory and mediating body.

The ombudsperson is available to all scientists for advice and support on questions of good scientific practice and its possible violation by scientific dishonesty.

All requests submitted to the ombudsperson are treated strictly confidentially.

 

CONTACT:

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Ombudsperson for Science:
Prof. Dr. Dirk Lüddecke

Department Social Sciences and Public Affairs
Phone: +49 89 6004-3136
Fax: +49 89 6004-3802
Building 033, Room 1275


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Deputy Ombudsperson:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Heinitz

Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Phone: +49 89 6004-2034
Fax: +49 89 6004-2025
Building 033, Room 2153


Procedure for suspected scientific misconduct

1. Confidant (obbutee)

The Executive Board of the University appoints an independent representative to whom members of the Bundeswehr University Munich can turn. They are appointed for a period of two years; reappointment is possible.

The function of a confidant is incompatible with the office of vice president and dean. The rules on expulsion due to personal participation (Art. 20 and 21 Bavarian Administrative Procedure Act) apply to the persons of trust.

 

2. Callability of the trusted third party

If members of the Bundeswehr University Munich see the need to express or receive advice on suspected scientific misconduct, they can call the person appointed by the Executive Board. This right also applies to those who are suspected of scientific misconduct.

The trusted third party must examine whether and to what extent the suspicious facts appear plausible and could justify misconduct, as well as advise those seeking advice on the rules of good scientific practice. Confidentiality must be maintained in so far as the suspicious facts are not already known beyond the circle of those directly affected, or other persons are involved in the trust.

Without the consent of those seeking advice, the trusted third party may only pass on the information entrusted to him/her, if and to the extent that it is a well-founded suspicion of such a serious scientific misconduct that, in the event of such a serious scientific misconduct, the Bundeswehr University Munich, its members or third parties would not suffer the most serious damage as a result of further prosecution. In this case, the trusted third party informs the President and the Dean of the faculty or department concerned, who must initiate the intended procedure.

 

3. Commission of Inquiry

The Steering Committee shall appoint a commission to investigate allegations of scientific misconduct. The commission of inquiry consists of one chairman and four other members. The term of office is two years. A reappointment is possible after the term of office of a member has expired. The confidant and his or her deputy are members in an advisory capacity.

The investigative commission may appoint up to two additional members with an advisory vote who have special expertise in the field of scientific facts to be assessed or who have experience in dealing with relevant procedures. A representative of the students shall be called in if the case to be assessed concerns a student.