Responsible Conduct of Research

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Washington University provides education in ethics and responsible conduct in research via PERCSS, the Program for Ethical and Responsible Conduct in Science and Scholarship. Currently, PERCSS offers face-to-face ethics workshops and web-based learning modules.

Workshops are four hours in duration and are offered annually. Each begins with two lectures that provide introduction to common ethical issues and Washington University policies and guidelines related to research. The second half of the workshop is devoted to small group discussion lead by WUSTL senior faculty. Groups discuss hot topics and case studies related to responsible conduct of research.

PERCSS web-based learning modules are available in the following subject areas:

  • Introduction to Ethical and Responsible Research
  • Authorship and Publication
  • Collaborative Research
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Data Ownership, Acquisition, Sharing, and Management
  • Mentor-Trainee Relationships
  • Peer Review
  • Research Integrity

PERCSS is a voluntary program available to the Washington University research community. Completion of PERCSS learning modules and face-to-face sessions is tracked by the participant. For more information, visit the PERCSS page.