What do I do in cases of conflict in the supervision relationship or in cases of scientific misconduct?
Two conflict parties and a mediator
Consulting in cases of conflict
The Graduate Academy's Ombudsman Office is an independent and impartial advisory and mediation body. The ombudspersons are appointed by the Senate. It is their task to arbitrate serious conflicts between doctoral researchers and their supervisors or to mediate between the parties involved. In addition, the ombudspersons are responsible for arbitrating and mediating in severe conflicts between postdocs and their supervisors, as long as the conflicts arise from the supervisory relationship and the work on further academic qualification (e.g. habilitation or habilitation-equivalent achievements).
The ombudsman are six experienced academics who act confidentially, independently and impartially. They have their background in different disciplines:
Prof. Dr. Holger Gies (Physical Faculty) Deputy: Prof. Dr. Nicole van Dam (Biological Sciences)
Prof. Dr. Claudia Hammerschmidt (Arts) Deputy: Prof. Dr. Tobias Rothmund (Social and Behavioural Sciences)
Prof. Dr. Jutta Hübner (Medicine) Deputy: Prof. Dr. Walter Bayer (Law)
In cases of conflict, please contact Dr. Gunda Huskobla. She supports the activities of the ombudsman in the office of the Graduate Academy and will pass on your request upon preliminary consultation.
In public, "good scientific practice" is often equated with cases of plagiarism when it comes to dissertations. However, the topic covers a substantially wider spectrum of scientific conduct:
dealing with data (including checking, recording, ownership and storage),
the publishing process and authorship,
conflicts of interest
dealing with conflicts.
Examples of inappropriate academic behaviour include inventing or faking data, violating intellectual property (theft of ideas or plagiarism), and sabotaging the research of others. The Friedrich Schiller University Jena has adopted guidelines concerning the protection of good scientific practice. These can be found here.
In the event of suspicions or accusations concerning scientific misconduct, please contact one of the persons of trust. The German Research Foundation (DFG) has also deployed an ombudsman for science whom you may approach.
Further offers for consulting in cases of conflict for employees of University of Jena