Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research

This Academic Integrity Handbook does not address issues related to research ethics, which often are field-specific. We encourage MIT students engaged in research to take the free online course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research (MIT certificate required). Example topics include: data acquisition and management; responsible authorship and allocation of credit; peer review; mentoring; conflicts of interest; and collaborative 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 Graduate Education are additional important sources of information.