Ethics

Ethics in education and research is a set of principles individuals – students and researchers, and institutes – universities adhere to.  What those principles are, are defined by the field they belong to, for a student, it is dishonoring the honor code to copy in a test and for a researcher to falsify results of their work. Even though an individual might inherently know something is unethical, there might be a number of factors that might influence him/her the unethical. Here university can as a whole play a role by pre-defining the principles it is built upon or wishes to follow. But, defining those principles is not sufficient it has to have classes and workshops at all levels: students to faculty to administrators, to educated them.

Looking at the Office of Research Integrity site, and the various cases of Research Misconduct they dealt with, it the institutes and universities that reported and investigated the research of the individual under suspicion. This asserts that the Universities take misconduct in research very seriously. But there might be some reason why these individuals actually go to lengths of fabricating, falsifying and plagiarizing… Is it the “publish or perish”  pressure from the research community? Or is it just a matter of convenience? I think it is important that we as a university address these questions. How can we create an atmosphere where research can be done without extream pressure? This will decrease the extream pressures experienced by researchers to publish.

Also, how can we create an atmosphere where research can be done without extream pressure? Will this just decrease the extream pressures experienced by researchers to publish? Or will it just decrease the research quality and quantity of the institute?

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  1. You are right in looking at the reasons behind plagiarism, and the pressures that may lead to it. Although we all know that plagiarism is considered a crime, questioning the reasons behind it is very important to tackle it better.

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