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Ethical guidelines

Here is a general overview of the ethical guidelines that apply at UiO. The complete set of guidelines is currently only available in Norwegian.

Norwegian law and international law

As a government institution, UiO is responsible for ensuring that education, research and dissemination activities comply with the legal framework set by the Act Relating to Universities and University Colleges, the Public Administration Act and other relevant institutional, national and international acts and regulations.

The responsibility of researchers

Each and every UiO researcher has a responsibility to make sure that their research is conducted in accordance with the standards of good research practice and established scientific and ethical principles.

Academic freedom

UiO’s academic/scientific activity is founded on the principle of academic freedom. Cooperation with external partners should also be based on this principle.

Starting with the principle of academic freedom, UiO seeks to establish good relations and professional cooperation with well recognized academic environments across national borders and political and cultural divides.

UiO is against the use of academic boycott as a political tool. We believe scientific networks may be used constructively in conflicts where diplomatic channels have failed.

Human rights

UiO is committed to support researchers and students who, due to conflict or repressive political conditions, are prevented from exercising their academic freedom.

UiO wishes to promote basic human rights and the freedom of students through cooperation agreements with institutions in other countries. Any evaluation of cooperation agreements should include an assessment of the conditions of academic freedom at the institution in question.

Specific guidelines


Irene Sandlie


Published May 7, 2013 1:32 PM - Last modified Dec. 6, 2018 3:06 PM