Professional Ethics

Professional ethics must be considered in all aspects of scientific research. It is important for students to be aware of the moral issues they will encounter and how they should deal with them in their research and in how they present findings and specialized knowledge to the public.

The Ph.D. program at Florida State University helps prepare students not simply to be successful researchers and teachers, but also to maintain the ethical standards that are central to our our field.


  • Professional Development in Criminology (CCJ 6065) is a required course for Ph.D. students. It provides instruction on the strategies, skills, and professional standards that are needed to translate one’s scholarly interests into a successful, ethical career in criminology.
  • The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, one of the large professional organizations for criminologists, has developed a code of ethics to serve as a guide to its members.
  • An Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Research Integrity, provides a comprehensive guide on important considerations for ensuring that research is conducted in a responsible, ethical manner.
  • The FSU Graduate School Professional Development page provides workshops, programs, and other resources that are helpful in guiding students in their academic and professional careers.
  • The Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics in Higher Education at FSU sponsors educational programs, research, and service activities that promote leadership and ethics in the field of higher education.
  • There are many publications that are important sources on ethics and criminology. Review a list.