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Academic Integrity and Ethics Across the Disciplines

A growing collection of codes of conduct, statements of professional ethics, and research ethics resources relevant to disciplines taught at Rhode Island College.

Research Ethics

Research ethics apply in many fields, but we have grouped tools for teaching and guiding research conduct under the Science tab.

Avoiding Plagiarism

We recommend the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) website for its excellent presentation of many helpful writing tips and guidelines. In particular, please see--

"Preventing Plagiarism", Staff of the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.  Includes activities and documents/handouts on contextualizing plagiarism and avoiding plagiarism.

Need help? The RIC Writing Center is here for you.

RIC Student Handbook -- Academic responsibilities -- page 26

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The Student Handbook, published by the Office of Student Life, is an important guide to academic facilities and services, student organizations, academic policies and procedures, and rules on student conduct.
Please see page 26 on academic integrity.


definition of professional ethics

"The codes and guidelines which govern the conduct of professions. Such codes can be seen as the application of general morality to the specific contexts of professional relationships. The oldest and most familiar of these is the Hippocratic oath, which in a modified form still applies to the doctor–patient relationship. In the contemporary world many occupations consider themselves professions, and the governing bodies of these occupations issue codes of professional ethics. They have a status in between that of morality and that of law, in the sense that while their content is like that of morality, any breach of their prohibitions can result in serious disciplinary sanctions by the relevant governing body. The content of professional codes always contains provisions that the professional will work for the best interests of the patient/client. For this reason professional ethics can be in conflict with consumerist ethics, which approaches the professional relationship from the point of view of client demand and rights rather than professional perceptions of need and duty."

-- Prof. R. S. Downie

Downie, R.(2005). "Professional ethics." In The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. : Oxford University Press. Retrieved 19 May. 2013, from

Professional Ethics, Standards, and Codes of Conduct

Whatever values students bring to college, when they leave, most of them aspire to pursue professional or managerial careers. Sometimes, putting academic integrity in the light of professional ethics helps students learn to view school assignments as steps toward their future goals rather than hurdles to clear as quickly as possible.