New TU Delft Code of Conduct

News - 14 February 2020 - Communication

How do we address our responsibilities towards each other and to society? TU Delft finds it important for employees and students to keep talking to each other about this issue and take action if we feel it is necessary. That is why the Executive Board decided to publish a new code of conduct: the TU Delft Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct, is meant to help staff, students and guests to act in line with the values that we uphold, even in complex situations. 

The code for example sets out what is meant by our core values: Diversity, Integrity, Respect, Engagement, Courage, and Trust (DIRECT). It also contains the TU Delft Integrity statement, which gives us the rules of conduct that everyone is expected to adhere to, and explains the areas of responsibility of staff, students, guests and TU Delft as an organisation.

The Code of Conduct replaces the Code of Ethics
The Code of Conduct supersedes the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics, dating back to 2012, was in need of an update, partly because of the new Netherlands Code of Conduct for Academic Integrity and the approval of the Strategic Framework for 2018-2024.

The code was written by a working group comprising both academic and support staff from a range of departments, and a representative of the Student Council, with input from the entire organization. The working group was chaired by professor Sabine Roeser, TU Delft Integrity Officer and Professor of Ethics from the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM). A subsequent round of consultations held throughout TU Delft resulted in 30 reactions from students and staff. These were used to tighten up the wording.

The Code of Conduct will be brought to the attention of staff and students via various channels. For example, it will also be highlighted during the introduction meeting for new staff and new staff will have to sign the code. You can read about the further plans in the TU Delft Vision on Integrity. They will be developed by the Integrity Office, which will be established around the summer. The Integrity Office will also be tasked with guiding staff and students who want to know or report something in the field of integrity in the right direction.

More information
For more information about the TU Delft integrity policy, including the Code of Conduct go to
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