Ethics

Our faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate, consider ethical issues that arise in the course of our research, work and study. All research that uses human participants must go through the Protection of Human Subjects Committee. Other research that does not involve living or human participants shall also be done in an ethical manner. Human remains, cultural artifacts, primates - all these will be treated with respect.

The Anthropology Department has devised an Ethical Review Form for Proposed Research (pdf). Submission of this form is required for all student research, undergraduate as well as graduate, whose results will be available in public fora. So all research that may be either published, delivered orally to a public meeting, presented as a poster session at a public meeting, or otherwise disseminated to a public audience must have an ethics plan.

The purpose behind the form is not just procedural. We intend to spur to the consideration and integration of ethical issues when constructing, proposing and carrying out research.