Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research

This Academic Integrity Handbook does not address issues related to research ethics, which often are field-specific. Through the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), we encourage MIT students engaged in research to take the free online course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Example topics include: data acquisition and management; responsible authorship and allocation of credit; peer review; mentoring; conflicts of interest; and collaborative research. OSP also provides a summary of  all MIT policies affecting research.

Students involved in research should also review the Relations and Responsibilities section of the Responsible Conduct at MIT site. This provides specific policies on personal conduct, harassment, retaliation, and responsibilities of supervisors.

For further questions or issues dealing with responsible conduct of research, your research supervisor, department, Ombuds Office, and the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education are important sources of information.