The Office of Ombudspersons offers advice and support to scholars at Leipzig University in matters concerning good academic practice – and how academic dishonesty can undermine this. Each and every tangible suspicion will be investigated, regardless of the standing of the individual in question.

The Senate has appointed six experienced academics as ombudspersons to deal with allegations and the self-reporting of academic misconduct. The Office of Ombudspersons supports the ombudspersons from an administrative perspective. It accepts reports of suspected academic misconduct in confidence, and advises persons who report a suspicion or are involved in academic misconduct through no fault of their own. The Office forwards matters confidentially to the ombudsperson responsible in the individual case. It also offers consultations to discuss specific cases in the first instance without an official examination by an ombudsperson. You can also report suspected cases of academic misconduct anonymously to the Office of Ombudspersons.

The Senate appoints the ombudspersons for a term of five years. They are trustworthy contact persons who will investigate any tangible suspicion without regard to the standing of the individual involved.

Ombudspersons at Leipzig University

  • Professor Daniel Huster (Faculty of Medicine)
  • Professor Jürgen Krug (Faculty of Sport Science)
  • Professor Berthold Kersting (Faculty of Chemistry and Mineralogy)
  • Professor Johannes Lemke (Faculty of Medicine)
  • Professor Paul Anthony Stevenson (Faculty of Life Sciences)
  • Professor Ludwig Stockinger (Faculty of Philology)

If the ombudsperson is unable to mediate in the case or if the reporting person disagrees with the ombudsperson’s decision, he or she may refer the case to the Standing Committee.

Further Information

German Research Ombudsman

In addition to our university’s own ombudspersons, the DFG has appointed a national German Research Ombudsman. Independently of any connection to the DFG, it offers direct advice and support to scholars in matters concerning good academic practice and how this can be undermined by academic dishonesty. It is not possible to appeal to both ombudsman bodies in parallel.

Ethics Advisory Board

Please address questions regarding the ethical aspects of your research projects to the Ethics Advisory Board. The Ethics Advisory Board will examine and, if necessary, issue an opinion on ethical aspects of planned research projects involving human beings.

Ethics Committee at the Faculty of Medicine

The Ethics Committee ensures that ethical and legal standards are observed and that the academic integrity of research projects on and with human beings is maintained.

Workshops on good academic practice

The Research Academy Leipzig offers advanced training, symposia and workshops on good academic practice.

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