The Code of Academic Ethics
Approved by KTU Senate Resolution No. V3-S-1 of 25 January 2012
The principle of academic freedom and responsibility
The principle of ethical mutual relations within the community
The principle of academic honesty
The principle of loyalty
3.1. The University’s community members can freely and openly express their opinions and critical attitudes, exchange ideas without restraint, set up research groups, select themes and techniques for research and creative work as well as higher education goals and methods. Responsible exercise by each member of the University community of his/her freedom is understood as the necessity to recognise that other community members also enjoy the same freedom.
3.2. Every member of the University community shall:
3.2.1. respect the University’s general interests and help, to the maximum extent possible, implement its goals;
3.2.2. remain impartial in decision-making;
3.2.3. while initiating, implementing and helping carry out projects, research or tests pertaining to the name of the University, make sure that they and their results comply with the University’s common interests;
3.2.4. refrain from using a voting right when the University’s self-government institutions adopt financing, incentive provision or sanction imposition decisions related to his person, family member, relative or business partner;
3.2.5. refrain from using the name of the University for political, religious or private commercial activities;
3.2.6. not restrict academic freedom through abuse of official position.
3.3. The principle of academic freedom and responsibility is contrary to:
3.3.1. intolerance for other views;
3.3.2. disregard or deliberate restriction of another’s opinion;
3.3.3. deliberate dissemination of incorrect information (untruth), and partiality;
3.3.4. participation in projects which are clearly detrimental to the University, man, nature, society or culture.
3.4. Relations between the University community members shall be based on respect, goodwill and impartiality.
3.5. The members of the University community shall not subject, through speaking, acts or academic assessment, each other to discrimination and indignities on grounds of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, appearance, race or ethnicity, nationality, religion or convictions, family status and character of work.
3.6. Personal confidentiality shall be protected and no private information about a person shall be disclosed without his/her consent at the University.
3.7. The principle of ethical relations within the community is contrary to:
3.7.1. humiliation of other community members and excessive bureaucracy using one’s superiority (e.g. office held);
3.7.2. tolerance for behaviour that violates individual’s rights or degrades his dignity;
3.7.3. physical or psychological violence inflicted by persons with whom the subject taught, work supervision or any other direct links relate.
3.8. The principle of academic honesty builds on respect for intellectual property, the separation of public and private interests, justice, and the objectivity and impartiality of assessment.
3.9. Academic honesty is contrary to:
3.9.1. plagiarism, falsification or deliberate unfair interpretation of research data;
3.9.2. imposition of co-authorship misusing one’s office, also the denial or concealment of a contribution made by persons or organisations that provided assistance in research activities;
3.9.3. abuse of one’s official position or use of the University’s material resources for the purpose other than intended for personal reasons;
3.9.4. unfair competition;
3.9.5. fraud or tolerance for fraud;
3.9.6. corruption or tolerance for corruption;
3.9.7. cover-up or distortion of information intended for all;
3.9.8. acceptance or demand of direct or indirect gifts for a service or a work which must be performed according to one’s official duties;
3.9.9. assessment based on personal or ideological relations but not on the quality of the submitted work and the candidate’s professional properties.
3.10. The principle of loyalty relies on collegiality, academic solidarity and respect for the University and its community, e.g. the priority to solve arising problems inside the University.
3.11. Community members must help implement the University’s goals.
3.12. The principle of loyalty is contrary to:
3.12.1. humiliation of a student, teacher or staff member on grounds of inappropriate conduct or violations of academic discipline;
3.12.2. public disclosure of incorrect, knowingly misleading or confidential information about the University or the members of its community;
3.12.3. undermining the University’s image otherwise.
3.13. Disclosure of information about University community members’ unlawful or negligent acts with the aim of criticising them will not be deemed to be in breach of the principle of loyalty.