The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
This web site has been created to:
Ethics is part of, not separate from, the practice of science and scholarship. The Kenyon mission statement says the college focuses upon those studies that are essential to the intellectual and moral development of its students. Whether you work in the sciences and social sciences or the arts and humanities, Kenyon students deserve a solid grounding in the ethics of research and scholarship and an understanding of the relevance of ethics to one's discipline. Though accepted practices for the responsible conduct of research can and do vary among disciplines, there are some important shared values for the responsible conduct of research that bind all researchers and scholars together.
Public and regulatory demand for accountability has increased significantly in past 20 years in response to abuses and scandals. Federally funded research must comply with regulations related to nine areas of research responsibility that comprise "Responsible Conduct of Research." The 2007 America COMPETES Act requires that institutions applying for NSF funding must have a plan for "appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research" provided to undergraduate students, grad students, and post docs "participating in the proposed research". It is likely that other federal funding agencies will follow NSF's lead.
Office of Research Integrity (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Office of Research Integrity, Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
Many Web sites provide access to case studies, bibliographies, and other materials for learning about and teaching research ethics.