Ethical Considerations in Research
This section of material addresses ethical decision making by researchers.
We have divided Ethical Considerations into two areas:
1. Considerations in Planning and Conducting Research
2. Considerations in Analyzing and Reporting Research
Resource materials for each area are provided in the left column of this page.
A comprehensive study guide for this Ethical Considerations section is available
in the right column of this page.
Code of Conduct from the American Psychological Association
The Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct from the American Psychological Association (APA) is a wide reaching document addressing all sorts of behavior by psychologists. As you can see in the Table of Contents below, only one Standard (of 10) addresses conduct of researchers. The other standards address other professional activities aside from research and publication.
Introduction and Applicability
Standard 1: Resolving Ethical Issues
Standard 2: Competence
Standard 3: Human Relations
Standard 4: Privacy and Confidentiality
Standard 5: Advertising and Other Public Statements
Standard 6: Record Keeping and Fees
Standard 7: Education and Training
Standard 8: Research and Publication
Standard 9: Assessment
Standard 10: Therapy
Standard 8 of the APA Ethics Code is provided on the APA website (http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/) and in the following .pdf file:
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and community members who approve all human research conducted by affiliates of CSU. The policies and practices of any IRB are ultimately monitored by the US Government (per the Belmont Report, 1979). The purpose of an IRB is to protect the welfare and rights of human participants. The following page contains information about the membership, review process, and other procedures of the IRB at CSU: http://research.columbusstate.edu/irb/.
An Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community members. Its purpose is to review and approve any research involving mammals and birds. (Invertebrates, such as crayfish, and organism specimens may be used in research without approval of an IACUC.) Federal law requires an active IACUC exists at institutions where vertebrate research is conducted, and the standards required for animal husbandry vary based on factors such as the types of animals used. The following link will direct you to information about the current membership and recent activities of the IACUC at CSU: https://aa.columbusstate.edu/institutional_committee.php#Animal%20Care%20and%20Use.