German universities have committed themselves to investigate every concrete suspicion of scientific misconduct. This is intended to ensure that scientific activity and results can be reproduced and that they have been achieved without violating the rights of other persons. Scientific misconduct is defined as the conscious or grossly negligent use of false information, the violation of the intellectual property of others, or compromising the research activities of another person in any other form, within a context relevant to science (Statute on the Safeguarding of Good Academic Practice at TU Berlin of 15 February 2023).
In suspected cases of scientific misconduct, the contact person are the Ombudspersons. The latter shall examine whether conflict mediation is expedient, shall also examine the allegations for concreteness and significance from the point of view of plausibility, and shall decide whether the Commission must be informed of this or whether the allegations are obviously unfounded. In substantiated cases, an investigation procedure will be initiated. According to the results of this investigation, the President then decides which measures will be taken.