Responsible Conduct of Research

Conducting sound, responsible research is more than simply being in compliance with rules and regulations.

Ethical researchers and scholars think critically about the impact of their behavior on others—their research subjects, students and trainees, advisors and other field faculty, and certainly the scientific community and society at large.

Every graduate student pursuing a research degree (master’s or doctoral) is required to complete training on Responsible Conduct of Research, addressing issues of authorship, peer review, plagiarism, and research misconduct. Each student must complete online training through Cornell’s Office of Research Integrity and Assurance (ORIA) prior to the end of the second registered semester.

Knowledge of institutional policy, government regulations, and the code of ethics from your discipline-specific societies will help you construct and adhere to ethical and responsible research conduct.

Read the full Responsible Conduct of Research policy for detailed information.