Communication Sciences and Disorders

Academic Integrity and Ethics

Requirement for Academic Integrity / Ethics Training for Graduate Students

The Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research has established a new requirement for graduate students who began their studies September 2004 or later. This requirement is for training in academic integrity and ethics. As Dr. Teresa Krukoff stated it, "the initiative for graduate ethics training was developed as a result of an increasing awareness of the need to provide structured graduate education in the areas of research and scholarship integrity, and the need to define more clearly the boundaries of ethically acceptable research." Departments were required to develop plans for providing this training to their graduate students. The plans needed to include at least 8 hours of "structured academic activity". FGSR developed a course, Graduate Ethics Training (G.E.T.), that could be used for 5 hours of this training.

Information regarding G.E.T. can be found here.

The Department submitted a plan that involves the course and several hours of time in some of our regular courses. The plan is below. It was approved by FGSR.

Please note that you will have until January 15th of the first year to complete the course, which can be accessed using any computer with Internet access. Your first step is to self register in the GET Course using your Campus Computing ID (CCID) and password. Once you've self-registered, the GET Course will appear in your listing of courses in eClass (

When you have completed the course, please print out the results page and send it to Vicki Trombley to let us know that you have completed this part of the requirement. (You will not need to demonstrate that you have completed the other parts of the plan, since those hours are part of your regular coursework.) A notation about completion of this requirement will appear on your final transcript.

If you have any problems with eClass, please contact eLearning Services at

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Plan

The department plans to facilitate eight hours of training in academic integrity and ethics to its graduate students through the following:
  1. All students will take one of the following options:
    1. The FGSR WebCT course (5 hours). If this option is chosen, students will be required to complete the course and submit proof of completion to Vicki Trombley by the end of the first year of their program (January 15).
    2. Ethics and Scientific Integrity Day (5 hours).  This workshop is sponsored by the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and is offered several times per year.  If this option is chosen, a certificate of completion must be submitted to Vicki Trombley by the end of the first year of the student's program (January 15). 
  2. Additional ethics content is provided in the following courses:

CSD 501, Clinical Research Methods - human subjects research; obtaining permission to conduct research with human subjects (1.5 hours minimum)

CSD 524: Introduction to Clinical Practicum - Professional canon of ethics; ethical decision-making in the clinic (1 hour)

CSD 523: Augmentative Communication, and CSD 529: Adult Language Disorders - ethical issues surrounding particular populations; rights of persons with disabilities (2 hours)

Total number of hours:  9.5-12.5
This plan will enable our students to receive training on integrity and ethical issues common to all students in graduate programs as well as issues particular to clinical professions.

For content provided in CSD courses, knowledge will be assessed as part of each individual course.