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Responsibilities and Ethics

Integrity is a cornerstone of all research and creative activities.  Like OSU faculty and graduate students, undergraduate researchers are responsible for understanding and adhering to the policies for responsible conduct of researchBefore undertaking research, you should consult with your faculty mentor to determine which policies and requirements apply to your particular project. 

External grant agencies (such as the National Science Foundation or the Howard Hughes Medical Institute) that fund the research project you’re working on may have additional ethics and responsible conduct of research requirements.  Speak with your faculty mentor to determine which requirements apply to your research. 

OSU’s research policies can be found on the web pages of the Office of Research Integrity.

If your research involves working with human subjects (such as interviews, mail or telephone surveys, the use of existing data (e.g. surveys, biological materials of human origin), interventions), learn about your responsibilities on the OSU Institutional Review Board web siteA human subject is defined as "a living individual whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information." (Code of Federal Regulations, 45CFR46.102).  The OSU Institutional Review Board office holds special Student Hours, listed on their web site, for students to learn about the requirements and processes for conducting research that involves humans. 

If your project involves working with animals, visit the OSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee web site.

The following web sites provide additional useful information on research ethics and compliance with research policies:

Driven by Integrity, OSU Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards 

Web Guide to Undergraduate Research: Research Integrity

Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services