Research & Scholarship Integrity Program

All scholars and researchers face ethical issues over the course of their professional practices. Integral to the formation of your professional identity is an awareness and understanding of what responsible research and scholarship entails.

 

The Research and Scholarship Integrity program familiarizes students and postdoctoral fellows with good research and scholarship practices and with some of the ethical issues they may encounter during their professional careers.  

Contact

Erin Sibley, Ph.D.
Director, Office for Research Protections
Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Phone
617-552-1758

Email
erin.sibley@bc.edu

Address
Waul House 208
270 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

All entering Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows will be required to complete the Research and Scholarship Integrity Program, regardless of school or discipline.

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Program Structure

The RSI program contains two parts: the General Session and the Seminar Series, which can be completed in any order. Both parts should be completed within your first two years at BC.

Students working in a lab

General Session

The General Session consists of two components: Part 1 and Part 2. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will be offered three times each academic year. Students are required to attend one session of each Part. These three-hour long general sessions will address topics that are broadly applicable to all disciplines. It will discuss issues related to the mentor-mentee relationship, responsible authorship and publication practices, research misconduct, and professional collaborations.

Seminar Series

This series of seminars will cover a wide variety of topics that are more specific to particular areas (natural science, social science, and humanities), although there will be some overlap. Each seminar will discuss a topic, which includes, but is not limited to: conflict of interest, data acquisition and tools, data management, data access and stewardship, peer review of journals, grants, and book publishers, researchers’ social responsibilities, and human and animal subjects protections. To complete the Seminar Series, you must participate in four seminars.

*Please note, for 2020-21, all RSI events will be held virtually over Zoom. Due to this change in format, Part 1 now consists of 1.1 and 1.2 and Part 2 now consists of 2.1 and 2.2.

Schedule 2020-2021

For 2020-21, Part 1 consists of 1.1 and 1.2 and Part 2 consists of 2.1 and 2.2.

Students should attend both components of the General Sessions offered each week, if possible.

All RSI events will be held over Zoom. You must register for each RSI event to receive the Zoom link.

General Session Part 1

12:00-1:30pm


Part 1.1

Part 1.2

How do things go wrong?
Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making

Improving Mentoring Relationships
Holding Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2020
Wednesday, March 17, 2020

 

General Session Part 2

12:00-1:30pm


Part 2.1

Part 2.2

Research Misconduct                                    

Faculty Panel and Case Studies

Monday, March 29, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Thursday, April 8, 2021

All RSI events will be held over Zoom. You must register for each RSI event to receive the Zoom link

Conflict of interest • Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

Jiin-Yu Chen, Ph.D., Director, Research Integrity & Postdoctoral Affairs

Audience

All

Description
This seminar takes a broad approach to conflict of interest.  We will first examine the conceptual landscape of conflict of interest and why they are problematic.  We will also discuss different types of conflicts of interest as they arise in research and academia and then focus on the different conflict of interest federal and institutional regulations and policies.

 

Race and Gender Bias in Academia • Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters Damita A. Davis, M.S., Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Institutional Diversity 
Audience

All

Description Biases, intentional or not, can affect many different spheres of academia, ranging from teaching in the classroom to selection of mentors and research projects to career development and job placement, retention, and promotion.  This interactive, discussion-based workshop will focus on the various forms of bias (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) that appear in the academy and its impact on research, teaching, the tenure and promotion process and other scholarly endeavors.  Additionally, during this workshop, recommendations for addressing such biases as well as available resources at Boston College will be provided.

 

Human Subjects Protections and the IRB • Thursday, February 25, 2021

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

Erin Sibley, Ph.D., Director, Office of Research Protections

Hiram Brownell, Ph.D., Professor, Psychology Department, IRB Chairperson Faculty member

Cal Halvorsen, Ph.D. MSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Gabrielle Oliveira, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Teaching, Curriculum, and Society, Lynch School of Education and Human Development

Audience

All

Description During this seminar moderated by Erin Sibley (Director, Research Protections), the audience will have the opportunity to hear from Hiram Brownell (Psychology faculty & IRB chair) about how and why the IRB exists at Boston College. Cal Halvorsen (SSW faculty) and Gabrielle Oliveira (LSOEHD faculty) will share best practices and lessons learned on how to adequately protect human subjects. Participants will have a chance to hear about how research participant protections should be considered in both in-person data collection with vulnerable populations, as well as anonymous online research. 

 

Peer Review and Publication Ethics • Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

Faculty Panel

Audience

All

Description Peer review is a critical component of research and scholarship.  Understanding the system, how one’s work functions within it, and some of its potentially problematic areas can help you navigate it responsibly and ethically.  Drawing on their experiences as manuscript reviewers, book and journal editors, and grant reviewers, this panel will discuss the process of peer review, focusing on some of the ethical issues that may arise.  As this session is intended to be highly interactive, please consider the issues and questions you have about peer review that you would like to pose to the panel.

 

Research and Society • Thursday, April 22, 2021

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

Faculty Panel

Audience

All

Description Drawing from their experiences, these panelists will discuss the ways in which their work intersects with society, the obligations and responsibilities those relationships entail, some of the tensions between research and society, and how they have navigated these throughout their careers.

For 2020-21, Part 1 consists of 1.1 and 1.2 and Part 2 consists of 2.1 and 2.2.

Students should attend both components of the General Sessions offered each week, if possible.

All RSI events will be held over Zoom. You must register for each RSI event to receive the Zoom link.

General Session Part 1

12:00-1:30pm


Part 1.1

Part 1.2

How do things go wrong?
Frameworks for Ethical Decision Making

Improving Mentoring Relationships
Holding Difficult Conversations

Monday, October 5, 2020
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020

 

General Session Part 2

12:00-1:30pm


Part 2.1

Part 2.2

Research Misconduct                                    

Faculty Panel and Case Studies

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

 

Teaching and Ethics • Monday, November 16, 2020

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

Francesca Minonne, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Graduate Student Programs, Center for Teaching Excellence

Kim Humphrey, Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence

Audience

All

Description While college faculty are not bound by a singular professional code of ethics, college instructors often find themselves making value-laden decisions. In this interactive, discussion-based session, participants will be introduced to a method for critically reflecting on their pedagogical practices. By the end of the session, participants will have identified some key values that inform their teaching, discussed case studies that depict common teaching quandaries, and encountered a method for critically reflecting on and revising their teaching practices.

 

Copyright and Publishing • Monday, November 30, 2020

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

O’Neill Librarian

Audience

All

Description As a scholarly content creator, you will want to manage your copyrights to gain the maximum benefit for your career. Some basic knowledge of copyright and licensing can help you make choices that protect your work and give it greater visibility. This session will address both your rights as a content creator and the rights of others.  We will cover basic copyright concepts, fair use, public domain, getting permissions, copyright infringement, and reserving rights in publishing agreements. In addition, we will discuss new models in academic publishing, including open access, Creative Commons licensing and author ID tracking.  We will discuss how all of these topics are related to your dissertation and other publishing opportunities.

 

Copyright and Publishing • Monday, November 30, 2020

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

O’Neill Librarian

Audience

All

Description As a scholarly content creator, you will want to manage your copyrights to gain the maximum benefit for your career. Some basic knowledge of copyright and licensing can help you make choices that protect your work and give it greater visibility. This session will address both your rights as a content creator and the rights of others.  We will cover basic copyright concepts, fair use, public domain, getting permissions, copyright infringement, and reserving rights in publishing agreements. In addition, we will discuss new models in academic publishing, including open access, Creative Commons licensing and author ID tracking.  We will discuss how all of these topics are related to your dissertation and other publishing opportunities.

 

Collaborations and Authorship • Thursday, December 3, 2020

Registration

This seminar will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Please register here, to receive zoom link

Presenters

TBD

Audience

All

Description TBD

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