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Ethics in Research

Two major events, the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial during World War II and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in the 1950s and 1960s, have forced the examination of ethical standards and the gradual agreement that potential human subjects need protection in scientific research. Over time the research establishment have created numerous policies to try and better protect the rights of research participants.

For further information regarding the key ethical issues and current policies, please refer to the following links:

Ethical Principles and Policies for Conducting Research at Rowan
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Research Misconduct Policy



Research Misconduct Procedures


Federal Policy and Online Ethics Instructional Module

Federal Policies
Online Ethics Instructional Module

Note: The online ethics instructional module materials are under development by the Model Curriculum for Land Grant Universities in Research Ethics (LANGURE). LANGURE is supported by the Research and Ethics Professional Program at North Carolina State University and the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0530217.