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Office of Ombudsman for Academic Ethics and Procedures (Office) is a state institution, which aims to ensure the functions of the Ombudsman for Academic Ethics and Procedures of the Republic of Lithuania, including considering the complaints, initiating investigations for violation of academic ethics and procedures and supervising the compliance with academic ethics provisions and procedures.

In performing its functions, the Office aims to effectively implement the provisions of the European Union legislation, to improve the legislation, to promote the compliance with academic ethics and procedures in higher education and research institutions, to nurture the principles of academic responsibility and ethical research practices, to apply the preventive measures against plagiarism, unauthorized copying and other unauthorised use of intellectual property results developed by other people as well as counterfeiting, fraud and manipulation of research data, etc. It seeks to integrate the academic ethics within higher education and research institutions at all their management levels. The Office takes interest in pressing problems in the field of academic ethics and procedures, suggests the solutions and focuses on the topic of academic ethics in the media.

On 15 September 2011, by Resolution No. XI-1583 “On establishment of the Office of Ombudsman for Academic Ethics and Procedures and approval of the Statutes of the Office of Ombudsman for Academic Ethics and Procedures”, the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania established the Office of Ombudsman for Academic Ethics and Procedures (Office) and approved the Statutes of the Office.