The Anti-Corruption Unit at Universität Hamburg is tasked with:
- receiving notification and reports about corrupt or corruption-related offenses
- checking such reports for material criminal facts
- forwarding details of suspected criminal corruption to the prosecuting authorities
- advising University offices and staff on the subject of corruption
- identifying areas that may be open to corruption, particularly to ensure that existing internal control systems are fit for purpose.
The Anti-Corruption Unit is independent and has an unrestricted right to information but does not have managerial authority over staff or offices of Universität Hamburg.
The establishment of the Anti-Corruption Unit is based on the general administrative rule on anti-corruption measures, particularly corruption prevention (Allgemeine Verwaltungsvorschrift über Maßnahmen zur Korruptionsbekämpfung [insbesondere Korruptionsprävention]) pursuant to Section 94 of the Hamburg employee representation act (Hamburgisches Personalvertretungsgesetz) dated 30 August 2001, which lists the specific duties of civil servants with regard to preventing corruption that arise from the existing general advisory and support duties of civil servants (Section 35 in conjunction with Section 33 of the act on the status of civil servants [Gesetz zur Regelung des Statusrechts der Beamtinnen und Beamten in den Ländern, BeamtStG]) in order to prevent corruption and to provide certainty in conduct and actions.
Similar rules apply for employees (Section 3 subsections 1–3 collective wage agreement for the public sectors of the German states (Tarifvertrag für den öffentlichen Dienst der Länder, TV-L). These rules do not affect prosecuting authorities’ rights to file criminal charges.