The Research Ethics Program serves as a resource for the campus community to identify and address ethical challenges intrinsic to the conduct of science, engineering, and other academic scholarship.

Case of the Month

Colin has started working on his dissertation research and is concerned that no one has discussed some basic issues with him such as how research records should be kept, how data should be analyzed, or how authorship is allocated. He decides to ask his thesis advisor, Prof. Kim, but she responds that it is best for him to figure these things out for himself.

  • Is it Professor Kim’s responsibility to serve as a mentor for Colin?
  • Are there circumstances in which Professor Kim’s approach to mentoring might be appropriate?
  • If this mentoring approach isn’t working for Colin, what might he do?

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