Academic and Research Responsibilities

Graduate students are required to observe professional ethical standards in their graduate studies and research. Graduate students should talk with their advisors and their graduate studies committee chair if they have questions about the specific expectations of the local graduate program.

Graduate students are expected to be familiar with relevant policies and procedures governing academic and scholarly conduct at Ohio State. They must be diligent in seeking out information about expectations in their home programs, their disciplines, and in the university.


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Office of Responsible Research Practices

Graduate Student Code of Research and Scholarly Conduct

The Graduate Student Code of Research and Scholarly Conduct describes the Graduate School’s general expectations for ethics and conduct in graduate research and scholarship. It is meant to be a guiding statement. Specific policies and processes are articulated by the Office of Student Affairs, the Committee on Academic Misconduct, the Office of Research, and the Graduate School.

Graduate students and graduate faculty aspire to professional behavior that is consistent with the highest ethical and moral standards. The Graduate School at The Ohio State University expects that graduate students will demonstrate responsibility and integrity in pursuing their creative and scholarly interests. The academic enterprise is dependent upon such behavior. Graduate students are responsible for learning about appropriate standards for ethical research and scholarly conduct and for following all university policies related to ethical research and scholarly conduct.

When graduate students join the Ohio State community, they become members of disciplinary, scholarly, and professional communities that extend beyond the university. Graduate students are expected to learn, respect, and abide by the professional codes of ethics and responsibilities that are commonly accepted in their field of study or area of research. These codes include, but are not limited to, the following: a responsibility to contribute an original body of work to one’s chosen discipline and the recognition that one’s work is based on the work of others, which must be respected and properly acknowledged. Graduate students also have the responsibility to treat university faculty, staff, and other students respectfully and professionally.

Graduate faculty, advisors, and graduate programs should actively encourage their students to participate as members of their chosen disciplinary, scholarly, and professional communities. Graduate students should be encouraged to seek and share knowledge wherever and whenever possible. Academic advisors and other faculty members should educate graduate students through example and discussion, addressing such issues as academic honesty, research, publication, recruitment, and hiring practices, and applicable fellowship and graduate associateship responsibilities. Disciplinary codes of ethics and norms should be discussed among graduate students and faculty. Such communication is a means of setting high standards of behavior in graduate study and beyond.  

Approved by the Council on Research and Graduate Studies (now Graduate Council), June 2004

See Section 5.9 in the Graduate School Handbook for more information. Questions may be directed to the Graduate School at (614) 292-6031.