Do not exclude non-Dutch speakers in Dutch Universities Ethics code consultation

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The Dutch Universities Association (VSNU) is revising the Ethics code affecting all researchers affiliated with Dutch universities. Over the last ten years international academic staff has steadily increased, according to the numbers of the VSNU itself. Full professors are now ~15% international, whereas almost half of all PhD candidates are international.

The petitioners find it inconsiderate to do a consultation on the suggested Ethics code revisions and make it impossible for people to participate if they do not read Dutch. The Ethics code revisions affect everyone in the universities, so everyone should be able to participate in the consultation.

Regardless of translation costs and logistics, valuing the opinion of all researchers that are affected by this consultation is a simple matter of equality, respect, and human decency.

We, the petitioners, would like the VSNU to propose a solution to also hear the voices of the non-Dutch speaking researchers with a Dutch affiliation in the current Ethics code revision.

Additionally, we would like the VSNU to make specific plans to ensure that it does not systematically exclude people from participating in the process, when that process affects everyone affiliated with the universities.



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