Together, the three ombudspersons of the University form the Ombuds Committee. Provided the informing person's consent, the Ombuds Committee can initiate an investigation procedure (ombuds procedure). In doing so, it first checks whether there is any initial suspicion of scientific misconduct. For this purpose, a hearing of the accused person, and potentially of other witnesses, is conducted. Depending on the result of the investigation, the Ombuds Committee may discontinue the procedure, dismiss the suspicion after the fulfillment of conditions or due to minor seriousness or, in the case of suspected uncorrectable scientific misconduct, transfer the case to the Joint Investigation Commission of the University and University Medicine. The investigation of scientific misconduct in an undergraduate or postgraduate course of study (e.g. in the context of a seminar paper, bachelor's or master's thesis) is not the responsibility of the Ombuds Committee, but of the respective faculty.