RCR and Ethics Workshop - Resources

Professional Development Logo - EthicsRevised 01/13

Research and Workplace Integrity

Campus Resources at the University of Notre Dame

While at Notre Dame, you have many resources available to you for grappling with an ethical issue. In addition to your Director of Graduate Studies, department chair, and college’s Dean, keep in mind that other resources are available to you, your students, and peers.

The Graduate School offers additional resources beyond the department/program and college for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. (574) 631-7544, http://graduateschool.nd.edu/

Graduate Student Life is part of the Graduate School and it provides a wide range of resources and experiences outside of the classroom, library, or lab to assist students in sustaining a healthy and happy life at Notre Dame. (574) 631-1221, http://gradlife.nd.edu/

The Graduate School’s Professional Development is divided into four spires, one of which is ethics. Ethics workshops address research, professional, and business practices. Training related to research includes responsible conduct of research (RCR), social responsibilities of researchers, compliance, and broader impacts. Professional and business practices include managing relationships and resources, discrimination and harassment, among others. See the event calendar for upcoming workshops. /professional_development/.

The Office of Postdoctoral Scholars is the main resource for postdocs in addition to those available through the hiring entity (574) 631-8208, http://postdocs.nd.edu/

The Office of Research – Research Compliance Program provides information, support, expertise, and systems of administration needed to meet the laws, rules, and policies governing research in the most efficient and effective way. (574) 631-7432, http://or.nd.edu/

Notre Dame Security Police (574) 631-5555 or 911

The University Counseling Center provides counseling and crisis intervention to students and consultation services to the campus community. (574) 631-7336, http://ucc.nd.edu/

The ND Integrity Line is a toll-free phone number you can call to discuss your concerns about questionable or unethical behavior, if talking with your supervisor or other administrator is not an option in dealing with a workplace concern. It is available at any time of the day or night. No call-tracing or recording devices are used. If you wish, you may remain completely anonymous. (800) 688-9918, https://www.compliance-helpline.com/NotreDame.jsp

The Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention offers advice and guidance on how to assist and support victims of sexual assault. It facilitates collaboration and communication among the different departments and student groups working to address sexual violence and spearheads a variety of rape education and prevention initiatives. (574) 631-5550, http://csap.nd.edu/

  • University Health Services (574) 631-7497
  • University Counseling Center (574) 631-7336
  • SOS Rape Crisis Help Line (574) 289-HELP (4357)

Additional information regarding sexual harassment, sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking is at http://dulac.nd.edu/important/.

The Office of Institutional Equity is committed to promoting an equitable educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. (574) 631-0444, http://equity.nd.edu/

  • Sexual Harassment Ombudsperson: Anita Kelly, akelly@nd.edu
  • Discriminatory Harassment Ombudsperson: Dwight King, king.1@nd.edu
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator (574) 631-7728

The Risk Management & Safety Department is dedicated to providing quality service and professional advice in the areas of safety, occupational health, environmental protection and risk management. (574) 631-5037, http://riskmanagement.nd.edu/

The Office of General Council provides legal support for the University’s broad range of institutional concerns. (574) 631-6411, http://generalcounsel.nd.edu/

Hesburgh Libraries has information online about data management, intellectual property, copyright, plagiarism and related topics. http://library.nd.edu/.

Download this information as a pdf.

Research Conduct Resources

Recognizing and Approaching Ethical Problems

Mendoza College of Business Ask More of Business Framework
Giving Voice to Values Program
Blind Spots resources page
Overview of Four Component Model


How to Get the Mentoring You Want: A Guide for Graduate Students at a Diverse University
How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty at a Diverse University

Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment

University Conflict of Interest Policy
NIH Financial Conflict of Interest Page
NIH Financial Conflict of Interest FAQ’s
NSF Financial Conflict of Interest Policy
Other Agencies Adopting PHS/NIH COI Guidelines
CITI COI Training Module
University Conflict of Commitment Policy


University of Notre Dame Graduate School Academic Code
University of Notre Dame Graduate School Bulletin of Information
Purdue University OWL
Avoiding Plagiarism
Plagiarism: What It Is and How to Recognize and Avoid It -Indiana University Writing Tutorial Services
Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, Recognizing and Avoiding Plagiarism
Rebecca Moore Howard, The Citation Project: Preventing Plagiarism, Teaching Writing
Council of Writing Program Administrators, Defining and Avoiding Plagiarism: The WPA Statement on Best Practices
Sarah Glazer, Plagiarism and Cheating; CQ Researcher, Vol. 23, No. 1; January 4, 2013
International Center for Academic Integrity
• Blum, Susan D. 2009. My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
• Buranen, Lise, and Alice M. Roy, eds. 1999. Perspectives on Plagiarism and Intellectual Property in a Postmodern World. Albany: SUNY Press.
• Clegg, Sue, and Abbi Flint. 2006. “More Heat than Light: Plagiarism in Its Appearing.” British Journal of Sociology of Education 27 (3): 373-87.
• Freedman, Morris. 1994. “The Persistence of Plagiarism, the Riddle of Originality.” Virginia Quarterly Review 70 (3): 507-517.
• Green, Stuart P. 2002-2003. “Plagiarism, Norms, and the Limits of Theft Law: Some Observations on the Use of Criminal Sanctions in Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights.” Hastings Law Journal 54: 167-242.
• Guterman, Lila. 2008. “Plagiarism and Other Sins Seem Rife in Science Journals, a Digital Sleuth Finds.” Chronicle of Higher Education February 1. P. A9.
• Howard, Rebecca Moore. 1999. Standing in the Shadow of Giants: Plagiarists, Authors, Collaborators. Stamford, CT: Ablex.
• Howard, Rebecca Moore, and Amy Robillard, eds. 2008. Pluralizing Plagiarism: Identities, Contexts, Pedagogies. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook.
• Julliard, Kell. 1994. “Perceptions of Plagiarism in the Use of Other Authors’ Language.” Family Medicine 26 (6): 356-60.
• Maruca, Lisa. 2003. “Plagiarism and Its (Disciplinary) Discontents: Towards an Interdisciplinary Theory and Pedagogy.” Issues in Integrative Studies 21: 74-97.
• Posner, Richard A. 2007. The Little Book of Plagiarism. New York: Pantheon.
• Swales, John M., and Christine B. Feak. 2004. Academic Writing for Graduate Students: Essential Tasks and Skills. 2d ed. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press.
• Whitaker, Elaine E. 1993. “A Pedagogy to Address Plagiarism.” College Composition and Communication 44 (4): 509-14.
• Whitley, Bernard E., Jr., and Patricia Keith-Spiegel. 2002. Academic Dishonesty: An Educator’s Guide. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Data Ownership, Intellectual Property, and Copyright

Intellectual Property Policy
Office of Technology Transfer

Publication and Peer Review

ACS Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research
• Whitesides, G. M. Whitesides’ group: Writing a paper. Adv. Mater. 2004, 16, 1375-1377.
• Getting your Submission Right and Avoiding Rejection. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2012, 3, 3088-3089.
Publishing your research 101 Video clips
Journal Citation Reports
Thorough introduction to open access publishing