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Examples of Codes of Ethics, Ethical Standards, Codes of Conduct, and Standards of Ethical Conduct
In February 2019, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee endorsed the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) 2017 Code of Conduct (Section III, pages 5-10).
In endorsing the AGU Code of Conduct, the UNH RCR Committee is setting forth expectations for behavior that fosters and supports a safe, inclusive, and professional environment for faculty, staff, and students at UNH to pursue and conduct scholarly and research activities. [Where an AGU policy is cited in Section III that differs from UNH’s (such as the definition of scientific misconduct), UNH’s prevails, and where an AGU policy differs from that of an individual’s professional society if other than AGU, the latter prevails for that person.] (For reference, click here for UNH's policy on Misconduct in Scholarly Activity, and here for UNH's policy on Discrimination and Discriminatory Harassment.)
The RCR Committee decided to endorse the Code of Conduct in lieu of developing institution-specific standards to promote a culture of research integrity at UNH. This was due to the general nature of the AGU Principles and Behaviors, and their broad applicability to a wide-range of disciplines and professions. Further, many faculty and students at UNH are AGU members and thus are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct. Endorsement of the AGU's Code of Conduct is an important component of the UNH RCR program's goals.