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Research & Scholarship Integrity Program

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All scholars and researchers, at all levels of training and experience, face ethical issues that arise over the course of their professional practice. Integral to the formation of your professional identity is an awareness and understanding of what responsible research and scholarship entails and the obstacles that may arise which can hinder the responsible conduct of research and scholarship. To this end, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research has developed the Research and Scholarship Integrity program, which familiarizes students and postdoctoral fellows with good research and scholarship practices and with some of the ethical issues you may encounter during your professional career.  

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

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. Program FAQs »

RSI 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. See the Schedule

RSI 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. See the Schedule


Jiin-Yu Chen, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Research Integrity & Postdoctoral Affairs
Office of the Vice Provost for Research

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We look forward to your participation!