Research Ethics


Anyone conducting research must ensure that they work in an ethical manner.  The University of Maryland has instituted a number of guidelines to help researchers work in a way which is honest, safe, and respectful of research subjects (human as well as animal).

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

The University enforces a strict honor code to ensure that students do not plagiarize or fabricate their research.

Hazardous Materials

The Department of Environmental Safety at the University of Maryland offers training to students who will be working with hazardous materials.

Human Subjects

The University of Maryland’s Institutional Review Board is “a committee designated by an institution to help assure the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. The IRB approves the initiation of and conducts periodic reviews of research involving human subjects.”  The IRB enforces strict adherence to research practices developed to protect human test subjects, protocols which are discussed in the Belmont Report.

The University’s IRB conducts training sessions to help students learn what is involved when researching human subjects.

Animal Subjects

The Department of Animal and Avian Science at the University of Maryland monitors research conducted on animals to ensure that they are treated humanely.  Prior to conducting research, students must file a Protocol of Research Form available on the department's Staff/Faculty Resources page.

University of Maryland Research Ethics Resources



Further Resources

Research Ethics Tutorials, Learning Modules, and and Study Guides