Why a Personal Ethics Research Sheet is necessary.
Human subjects research is exactly what it sounds like. It is research that uses people as the subjects of experiments or studies. It can include giving people new drugs, doing tests on their blood, even having them take surveys. Researchers have a duty to treat the people they study ethically and respectfully. In particular, it is important to make sure that researchers do not exploit their subjects.
As a publicly-funded organisation, TU Delft considers integrity and the ethical aspects of the professional behaviour of all its staff and students to be extremely important. TU Delft assumes that all staff involved in research and education will take personal responsibility in matters concerning academic and scientific integrity within the organisation.
To guide students in this process I’ve been asked by the HREC (Human Research Ethics Committee) of the TU Delft to design a form that allows students to determine if their research is ethical or requires further actions. At each stage of the form there will be asked a series of questions. Answering by selecting the YES or NO buttons and/or describe the reasons why a certain action might be necessary will lead to a Personal Ethical Research Sheet.