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.  


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



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.

In 2021-22, only General Session Part 1 will be held in person. General Session Part 2, and all seminars, will be held over Zoom.

Schedule 2021-2022

For 2021-22, General Session Part 1 will be held in person. General Session Part 2 and all seminars will be held on Zoom.  

To complete the program you must attend both Part 1 and Part 2 of the General Session.

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General Session Part 1: (in person)

Part 1

How do things go wrong?
Frameworks for examining ethical issues, improving mentoring relationships, holding difficult conversations.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 4:00pm-7:00pm -SESSION FULL
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm -SESSION FULL

Participants only need to attend one of these sessions. These sessions will be held on campus, and a meal will be provided. 

Guest Speakers

  • Dr. Bruce Birren, Broad Institute
  • Dr. Katie Harster, BC Philosophy Department

General Session Part 2: (on Zoom)

Part 2

Research misconduct and faculty research ethics panel.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 12:00am-2:00pm

Participants only need to attend one of these sessions. They will be held remotely on Zoom. 

Guest Speakers

  • Gretchen Brodnicki, Dean for Faculty & Research Integrity, Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Vicki Losick, Boston College Biology Department
  • Dr. Josh Hartshorne, BC Psychology Department
  • Dr. Allison Curseen, BC English Department
  • Dr. Mark Behn, BC Earth & Environmental Science Department
  • Dr. Daphne Henry, BC Applied Developmental Psychology Department
  • Dr. Conevery Valencius, BC History Department

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

Data Acquisition and Management • Tuesday, November 9, 2021


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


Jiebei Luo & Matt Gregas, BC Research Services



Description This seminar takes a broad approach to Data Acquisition and Management.  


Teaching & Ethics • Monday, November 15, 2021


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

Presenters Francesca Minnone & Kim Humphrey, Center for Teaching Excellence 


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 & Publishing • Monday, November 29, 2021


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


Sarah Melton, BC Libraries



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.