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PhD supervisors’ inappropriate behavior should be addressed by the Ombudsman.

Eight of the fourteen Dutch universities lack an independent ombudsman for students who are subjected to intimidation, racism, sexual harassment, or research-related issues by their supervisor. Following repeated complaints to the national PhD student network and a slew of controversies involving improper behavior by university instructors, the appointment of an ombudsman has been a legal necessity since July 1. The actual scope of the issue at universities has yet to be determined.

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Eight of the fourteen Dutch universities lack an independent ombudsman for students who are subjected to intimidation, racism, sexual harassment, or research-related issues by their supervisor. Following repeated complaints to the national PhD student network and a slew of controversies involving improper behavior by university instructors, the appointment of an ombudsman has been a legal necessity since July 1. The actual scope of the issue at universities has yet to be determined.

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Eight of the fourteen Dutch universities lack an independent ombudsman for students who are subjected to intimidation, racism, sexual harassment, or research-related issues by their supervisor. Following repeated complaints to the national PhD student network and a slew of controversies involving improper behavior by university instructors, the appointment of an ombudsman has been a legal necessity since July 1. The actual scope of the issue at universities has yet to be determined.

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‘It is not beneficial for science to work in a dangerous environment. Because these people are under so much pressure to succeed, mistakes aren’t reported, and authorship is faked,’ Anholt explained. ‘It raises the bar for pursuing a career in science, and many PhD candidates are considering quitting.’

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