Ethics at Minho University

The University of Minho (UMinho) clearly and unambiguously assumes an ethical commitment by providing a Minho University Code of Ethical Conduct, which establishes a statement of values and a set of standards that shall guide the University’s mission in its teaching and learning activities as well as in scientific research and in the interaction with society. These activities are based on the ethical principles of equity and justice, of respect for the dignity of the individual and of personal and professional responsibility.
With the mission of promoting reflection and contributing towards the development of guidelines aimed at consolidating a policy for safeguarding ethical principles, UMinho Ethics Committee (CEUM), was established in September 2011.
This Committee can function both in plenary and in specific subcommittees. Within CEUM, the Ethics Subcommittee for Life and Health Sciences(SECVS) and the Ethics Subcommittee for Social and Human Sciences (SECSH) is currently in operation. All ethic matters outside the scope of these Subcommittees, namely applications for ethical review of projects, should be sent directly to CEUM. (More information here)

Code of Ethical Conduct

The development of a policy for safeguarding ethical principles is the strategic objective of UMinho. In this context, the UMinho Code of Ethical Conduct represents an ethical guiding line in which teaching, research and interaction with society activities are duly framed, addressed to the whole academic community, including teachers, researchers, non-teaching staff and non-researchers as well as students from various cycles of studies and other courses or training courses.
The document is organised into four chapters. The first concerns with the institutional ethical conduct within the entire academic community. The pedagogical and scientific research competencies are treated in the remaining three chapters. Chapter 2 is devoted to academic conduct, chapter 3 to the general conduct of scientific research activities, and chapter 4 (due to its specificity) to the conduct of research using human beings or animals.

Ethics Committee

The UMinho Ethics Committee (CEUM), established by the Order RT-51/2011 of 7 September, aims at promoting reflection and contributing to the development of guidelines in order to consolidate a policy of safeguarding ethical and deontological principles in the fields of scientific research, teaching, interaction with society, and in the general operation of the University. It is CEUM’s responsibility to prepare proposals, recommendations and opinions on ethical issues, especially relating to academic fraud, plagiarism and copyright, respect for informed consent, privacy and personal data protection, the application of professional ethical codes, all activities involving, in any form, people, animals or biological material of human or animal origin as well as the implementation of the declarations and national and international guidelines on ethics and bioethics.
CEUM shall fulfil its mission based on the respect for the dignity of the individual and on its promotion, and is framed by other principles as set forth according to Article 3 of the UMinho Statutes.
The Committee can function in plenary and in specific subcommittees, in accordance with provisions established in the Guidelines of CEUM.

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Ethics Subcommittee for Social and Human Sciences


The Ethics Subcommittee for Social and Human Sciences (SECSH), created under the UMinho Ethics Committee (CEUM) through the Order RT-40/2014 of 25 July, has the duty to ensure and oversee the promotion of ethical standards in order to protect and guarantee the integrity, dignity, honesty and ethical quality of the research activities on social and human sciences that take place in the research units of the University of Minho (UMinho).
SECSH is guided by the legal provisions in force, acting, in the exercise of its functions, in compliance with the law, of the ethical codes, and national and international declarations and guidelines on ethics and bioethics.

SECSH has as area of responsibility the research activities carried out at UMinho in the fields of social and human sciences, ensuring that the research objectives do not violate the rights and the ethical principles of human dignity. SECSH analyses the submitted issues in accordance with the established in the Guidelines of SECSH  and the respective Guide for Application Submission. (More information here)

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AIS Code of Research Conduct

The AIS Code of Research Conduct offers guidance in matters directly related to the research and publication of scholarly works, and particularly those in the journals and conference proceedings of the Association for Information Systems (whether hardcopy or electronic). The Code is not a legal statement (laws vary widely from one legal jurisdiction to another), but instead indicates ethically desirable behaviour. The Code does not purport to regulate general conduct (e.g., towards society and the environment) or guide members in areas of professional activity such as teaching, consulting and workplace behaviour. (More information here)