Orlando L. Taylor
Institute on Teaching and Mentoring
• Strict adherence to ethical and integrity
policies, practices and laws is both a
norm and an expectation in higher
• Integrity is typically a standard used by
accrediting bodies to accredit
institutions and programs.
Who Defines Ethical Standards?
Ethical Conduct and Sanctions are usually
defined by institutions.
Virtually all campuses have explicit standards
and sanctions for academic or scientific
misconduct. (See handout from Howard Univ.).
Federal agencies have standards and sanctions
as well. ( See handouts from federal agencies).
Some Ethical standards are determined by
Cultural Values, including Religion.
Academic Dishonesty Is
NOT a Laughing Matter
Academic dishonesty in teaching, research or
service can have dire consequences for a
“I didn’t know” is typically no excuse for
avoiding such sanctions as probation,
suspension, and dismissal or, in the worse
cases, prohibition from receiving federal
grants, fines or JAIL sentences!
Academic Dishonesty: A Key
Aspect of Responsible Research
Conflict of Interest
Lying with Statistics
Abuse of Human Subjects and Animals
An Example of Scientific
Dishonesty and Misconduct
• The Johns Hopkins Lead Paint Study—2001
• Scientists were interested in studying long term
effects of children’s exposure to Lead Paint.
• Low income families were provided apartments.
• Some apartments painted with Lead Paint; others
• Families were NOT notified of the differences!
Treats to Ethical Research in
• Mistrust--Often well-founded.
• Underrepresentation of minority researchers.
• “Victim Analysis” research designs.
• “One Size Fits All” clinical studies.
• Poor research training on minority issues.
• Insufficient research funding t Minority
• Too few people of color engaged in the RCR
Rules for Assuring Compliance
with Academic Ethical Standards
• Know the Ethical Rules on Your Campus.
• Know Legal aspects of Ethics.
• Know Ethical standards of funding agencies.
• Monitor personal conduct in interacting with
students and colleagues on such topics as
sexual harassment, hateful speech, jokes, etc.
• See enhancement of student learning as an