Ethics Training

The School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, in collaboration with the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth, has developed an institution-wide training program in the basics of professional ethics. This program is a requirement for all first-year graduate students.

Panel Discussion

During the first day of your required orientation, we will present an interactive panel on professional ethics. Our purpose is to engage you in a discussion about some of the complex ethical issues that face professionals conducting research today, whether your area of study is in the sciences, the social sciences, or the humanities.

Over the summer, we ask that you watch a Nova special. This case study will serve as the foundation for our evening discussion about professional ethics. The faculty panel will weigh in on issues that emerge from the special about professional ethics, but we will also call upon you to discuss potential implications for researchers in the 21st century. We anticipate a lively discussion between faculty and students over these complex issues.

This is a fun event where you will get to know more of the people on campus who can help you, as well as your fellow students in the different graduate programs at Dartmouth.

Ethics Survey

All first-year graduate students must complete the Graduate Ethics Survey once they arrive on campus (and have a Dartmouth email account). You will need to read Sources: Their Use and Acknowledgment and the Honor Principle and Code of Conduct. Then please complete the survey, indicating that you have read and understand both documents.

Each student accepts Dartmouth’s Honor Principle and Code of Conduct upon registering as a graduate student. A student found in violation of either policy forfeits his/her right to continue at Dartmouth. 

The survey must be completed before you may register for the following term.

To complete the Graduate Ethics Survey:

  • Canvas will send a message to your Dartmouth email account, inviting you to join the Grad Ethics 2016 course.
  • Accept the invitation by clicking on the link in the email.
  • Read the introduction and then click on Take the Grad Ethics Survey. You must answer “yes” to all four questions.
  • If you delete the message before you fill out the survey, don't worry! It will automatically be resent.

Meeting with Facilitators

Trained facilitators are available to meet with small groups of first-year students to discuss ethical dilemmas they may face.

Students must sign up for one group in Banner. Select a CRN Key Number or search by the subject UNSG 100. Before selecting a group, students may review a list of facilitators (and their assigned CRN Key Numbers) leading the discussions this term. We encourage you to join a group led by a facilitator from your department if available. Please make sure you can attend all four sessions listed with the facilitator. Those who miss a session will have to attend a make-up session or risk not receiving graduate funding. 

Thayer graduate students should enroll with the Thayer School Registrar, Daryl Laware.