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Deontology & Ethics

Code of Deontology & Good Practices

The University of the Aegean acknowledges the significance of common perceptions and practices regarding the role, responsibilities and obligations of its members and of the Institution during the preparation, implementation and evaluation of all educational, research and administrative activities. The promotion of specific policies and procedures contributes to the individual and collective academic development, protects the prestige of the Institution consisting a basic factor for the consolidation and preservation of society’s trust towards the University of the Aegean as a public agency of education and as a secondary socialization agency.

The Code of Ethics and Good Practice is applied by all members of the Academic Community, Professors, Lecturers, members of the Laboratory Teaching Staff (E.D.I.P.), members of the Special Scientific Staff (E.E.P.), other categories of teaching staff, members of the Specialised Technical Laboratory Staff (E.T.E.P.), the administrative staff, the technical staff, researchers, staff on secondment, students of all study cycles of the Institution and by the external scientific collaborators of the Institution. The contracts of external collaborators include the internet address of the Code and provisions stating the obligation to apply the Code and the legal consequences of its violation.

The implementation of the Code does not in any case cancel or substitute the obligations of the Academic Community members deriving from the provisions of the Greek legislation and in particular the legislation for Tertiary Education, European directives, international law and the mandate regulations pertaining to the Institution. Responsible for the implementation of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice of the University of the Aegean is the Committee of Deontology.

Code of Deontology & Good Practice

The Committee of Deontology consists of the Deans of the University and the Vice Rector of  Academic Issues and Students’ Affairs who chairs the Committee. According to the law, the Committee of Deontology is inter alia responsible for the following:

  1. Compiling the “Deontology and Good Practice Code” for academic, administrative and research issues which is approved by the Senate and incorporated into the Internal Regulation of the University.
  2. Safeguarding the observance and implementation of deontology regulations on part of all University members and ascertain violations of deontology rules.
  3. Compiling the overall yearly report regarding the observance and implementation of deontology rules and/or suggesting their revision if considered necessary.
  4. Examining ex officio or after the submission of a written report, issues of its responsibility, in order to ascertain the violation of regulations included in the deontology code.
  5. Safeguarding the observance of Principles and Policies of Academic Deontology of the UAegean contributing to the accomplishment of the faculty’s mission via:
  6. the enhancement of good practices in the interactions among the Academic Community members and
  7. among the Academic Community members and their external environment
  8. Having an advisory role towards Community members with regard to deontology issues

According to Law 4521/2018, Article 21, a Committee of Ethics and Deontology in Research(CEDR), is established and operates in every University. The aim of CEDR is to ascertain whether a specific research project to be undertaken by the University does not conflict with statutory legislation and whether it abides by the generally accepted rules of research ethics and deontology in its content and the way it is conducted. The CEDR monitors the observance of commonly accepted principles of research integrity and the criteria of righteous scientific practice, evaluates research proposals and approves them or makes recommendations including propositions for their amendment in case there are ethical and deontological impediments regarding respect to the value of human beings, the autonomy of persons involved, their private life and personal data, and the respect of the natural and cultural environment.