Membership of Responsible Conduct of Scholarship Committee (RCS)

A.    Membership

The Responsible Conduct of Scholarship Committee reports and is advisory to the Graduate Council.  Membership of the committee shall consist of the following:

The following will automatically be on the RCS

The following will be selected by the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School with the concurrence of the Graduate Council. One graduate student selected by the Graduate Student Advisory Council

One undergraduate student selected by the student members of the Honors Committee

B.    Duties
The purpose of the NIU RCS program is to provide awareness of complex ethical and related dilemmas that can occur in the scholarship process, and to suggest ways to address them.  The goal is to create a shared culture of responsible scholarship.  The program will not develop explicit rules that restrict intellectual activity.

The RCS program at NIU will make the University community aware of changing governmental and institutional laws, rules, regulations, policies, and ethical professional standards that guide scholarship, and will illustrate the normative issues that cut accross scholarly disciplines.  Awareness of ethical and responsible conduct of scholarship includes:

  1. Maintaining an awareness of professional responsibilities
  2. Creating a shared culture of responsible scholarship
  3. Identifying and responding to potential ethical problems
  4. Recognizing and understanding cross--disciplinary issues and standards
  5. Communicating to the NIU community the content of applicable internal and external policies.


*Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School  Rathindra Bose Rathindra Bose    
Assistant to the Vice President for Research -- Research Compliance Sandra Arntz  Sandra Arntz     
Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Richard King  Richard King     
Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee Michael Hudspeth  Michael Hudspeth     
Director, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Murali Krishnamurthi  Murali Krishnamurthi     
Research Development Coordinator, Office of Sponsored Projects Gail Mitchell  Gail Mitchell     
Executive Secretary, University Council Paul Stoddard  Paul Stoddard     
Chair, Institutional Review Board Gregory Waas
Judith Hertz
Gregory Waas    
Member, Faculty Senate Judith Hertz Judith Hertz    
Business Natalie Churyk  Natalie Churyk    
Education Moira Stuart Moira Stuart Moira Stuart  
Education James N. Sells Gretchen Schlabach  Gretchen Schlabach Gretchen Schlabach
Engineering & Engineering Technology Omar Ghrayeb  Omar Ghrayeb    
Health and Human Sciences Donna Munroe Donna Munroe Donna Munroe  
Law Kathleen Coles Lorraine Schmall Lorraine Schmall Lorraine Schmall
Liberal Arts and Sciences Sharon Sytsma Sharon Sytsma    
Liberal Arts and Sciences James Corwin James Corwin James Corwin  
Liberal Arts and Sciences Carol Thompson Reed Scherer Reed Scherer Reed Scherer
Visual and Performing Arts Deborah Robertson Deborah Robertson    
University Libraries Robert Ridinger Robert Ridinger Robert Ridinger  
Graduate Student        
Undergraduate Student