A campus ethics committee exists for the purpose of supervising research involving human subjects. This committee must approve any proposal before the research can be conducted. The statements published by the American Psychological Association serve as guidelines concerning ethical principles in psychological research (the guidelines can be found at http://www.apa.org/ethics/code.html ). All students in the Department of Psychology should be familiar with these guidelines.
The following references provide clarifications of these and other ethical principles concerning psychological work:
American Psychological Association. (1987). Casebook on ethical principles of psychologists.Washington: American Psychological Association.
American Psychological Association. (1995). Ethical conflicts in psychology. Washington: American Psychological Association.
American Psychological Association. (1982). Ethical principles in he conduct of research with human participants. Washington: American Psychological Association.
American Psychological Association. (1992). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. American Psychologist, 47, 1597-1611.
American Psychological Association. (1994). Ethics for psychologists. Washington: American Psychological Association.
These references are in the chairperson's office. Students intending to undertake supervised research involving humans are required to submit a proposal to the Human Subjects Committee. The form can be downloaded by selecting that option at the top of this page.
IRB Files for Research with Human Participants
A campus committee exists to review the care and use of animals at Hamilton College, and the College vivarium is routinely inspected by the Department of Health of the State of New York. The guidelines developed by the American Psychological Association are strictly observed in any research and teaching involving animals sponsored by the Department of Psychology. Students intending to undertake supervised research involving animals are required to submit a proposal to the Animal Care Committee for review by the end of the first week of the term in which the work is to be conducted.
As in other academic work, honesty in research is governed by the Hamilton College Honor Code, regardless of whether the work is conducted for a course, as part of an independent study or senior project, or as a departmental research assistant. Fraud in such work includes the misrepresentation of work conducted, the fabrication of data, or plagiarism.