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Responsible and Ethical Conduct at MIT

Academics and Research at MIT

Academic Misconduct in Research and Scholarship

Unethical behavior in research and scholarship strikes at the heart of the scholarly and educational enterprise. A shared understanding of expectations and responsibilities is, therefore, critical--not only to the quality of the research enterprise but also to the collegial life of this community.

Dissemination of Research Results

The prompt and open dissemination of the results of MIT research and the free exchange of information among scholars are essential to the fulfillment of MIT's obligations as an institution committed to excellence in education and research. While technology transfer is an important aspect of MIT's commitment to public service, it is subordinate to education and research; and the dissemination of information must, therefore, not be delayed beyond the minimal period necessary to define and protect the rights of the parties.