Ethics in Research
At IIT we strive to foster and encourage an ethical climate for all who conduct research. This web page of resources on ethical issues in research was created in order to help everyone in our research community--students, staff, and faculty--make good judgments about how to conduct research.
Most important among these resources is the list of people at IIT available to you if you should need assistance with an ethical question, issue, or problem. These individuals welcome your questions about any ethical aspect of the research in which you are engaged. You are strongly encouraged to make contact as soon as you realize you need advice--so that you can get help with an ethical situation or dilemma as soon as possible.
Also included is a movie and an accompanying study guide about common ethical situations faced in the research arena, including mentoring, authorship, and scientific misconduct. Links to IIT policies and outside resources also are provided.
Responsible and ethical conduct of research is a top priority at IIT. I hope you will make full use of these resources and contacts. We are here to help you succeed in your research, and want the climate in which you work to be of the highest standard.
Vice Provost for Research
- "In The Lab: Mentors and Students Behind the Scenes" has been placed online for your use and discussion with your research colleagues. Three videos each present an introduction to a major topic in ethics in research. It is suggested that the three videos be viewed in separate sessions. Please use the accompanying booklet, "Guide and Case Studies for the DVD, 'In the Lab: Mentors and Students Behind the Scenes'". Per that guide: "The topics covered ... are sometimes sensitive topics. They are topics everyone talks about, but not always openly."
http://media.iitonline.iit.edu/research/inthelab/part1/ - 37:30
http://media.iitonline.iit.edu/research/inthelab/part2/ - 20:00
http://media.iitonline.iit.edu/research/inthelab/part3/ - 20:30
The above videos were funded by the Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and were produced by the Department of Communication Studies, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2005.
- "Lab Management Video Vignettes," from Office of Research Integrity (ORI).
This series of video vignettes offers guidance on several issues pertaining to ethics in the research laboratory, including authorship, quality assurance, and day-to-day laboratory management issues. The series was funded by the Office of Research Integrity, and developed by the Laboratory Management Institute at the University of California, Davis.
People at IIT Who Can Help With Research Ethics
- Patrick Corrigan, Chair of Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects, firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.567.6751
- Benjamin Stark, Chair of Institutional Biosafety Committee, email@example.com or 312.567.3488
- Chairperson, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Glenn Krell, Director of Research Compliance, email@example.com or 312.567.7141
Outside Resources for Ethics
- The Office of Research Integrity (US Dept. of Health and Human Services)
- NC State University Resource Guide in Research Ethics
- Ethics in Science Page, Department of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
- Protecting Human Research Participants, a training course from the NIH Office of Extramural Research
- Gert, Bernard. 1997. Morality and scientific research. Chap. 2 in Research ethics: A reader, ed. Deni Elliott and Judy E. Stern, 20-30. Hanover, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, for the Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics at Dartmouth College.
- Bebeau, Muriel J., Kenneth D. Pimple, Karen M. T. Muskavitch, Sandra L. Borden, and David H. Smith. 1995. Moral reasoning in scientific research: Cases for teaching and assessment. Report, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
- B. Glass, "The Ethical Basis of Science" Science. Vol. 150. 1965, p. 1254.
- On Being A Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research. National Academy of Sciences, National Academy Press, 1995.