Three employees of the arts faculty at the University of Groningen had been temporarily partially relieved of their duties because they may have been involved in fraud.
Translation by Traci White
RTV Noord reports that the three staff members in question may have channelled money which was meant for the university into a foundation (stichting). The university was reportedly unaware of the existence of the foundation.
The money was reportedly intended for funding a joint international programme between the RUG and a European partner university.
The potential fraud came to light during a regular inspect last week. It is unclear what the name of the foundation is, how much money may have been involved, the name of the European partner university and what jobs the arts faculty staff held.
University of Groningen spokesperson Gernant Deekens told RTV Noord that the university would be hiring an external research bureau to investigate the matter.
In 2016, a years-long fraud was discovered at the university’s maintenance department. A network of people within and outside of the university were charged with connections to defrauding the RUG for up to one million euros.