Summer Vacation


A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise in the advisor-advisee relationship; namely, when it is appropriate to express concerns or disappointment to one's advisor?


Your roommate, Leslie, has a research assistantship with Professor Open who has made it clear that all her RAs will have two weeks vacation over the summer. You and Leslie plan a camping trip and you tell your research supervisor, Professor Tight, of your plans. Professor Tight replies that you will do nothing of the sort. He says that just as he works all through the summer, so do all his RAs.

What, if anything, should you do?


Caroline Whitbeck introduced methods and modules for discussing numerous issues in responsible conduct of research at a Sigma Xi Forum in 2000. Partial funding for the development of this material came from an NIH grant.

You can find the entire sequence on the OEC at Scenarios for Ethics Modules in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Some information in these historical modules may be out-of-date; for instance, there may be a new edition of the professional society's code that is referred to in an item. If you have suggestions for updates, please contact the OEC.

Caroline Whitbeck. . Summer Vacation. Online Ethics Center. DOI:.