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Ethical Statements

Guidelines for Collaboration in Africa

MSU faculty have participated in developing statements of ethical guidelines and best practices for collaborations in Africa regarding individual scholarly research, institutional partnerships, and study abroad programs. As both U.S. higher education institutions and funding agencies seek to build international partnerships, these guidelines continue to be relevant.

Best Practices for Research, Partnerships, and Study Abroad

MSU Faculty Guidelines for Scholarly and Professional Cooperation with Colleagues in Africa
A statement about responsibilities of foreign faculty and student researchers toward their African collaborators adopted by the Core Faculty of the African Studies Center.
"Best Practices" for International Partnerships with Higher Education Institutions in Africa
Sixteen characteristics of partnerships with African higher education institutions that are effective, mutually beneficial, and enduring. The statement evolved from meetings of South African and U.S. educational leaders in the late 1990s.
Guidelines for High Quality Study Programs in Africa
This draft statement about study abroad programs - including recruitment, program, post-program activities, and reciprocity and collaboration - was developed at a 1995 consultation of members of the National Consortium for Study in Africa.
Guidelines of the African Studies Association for Ethical Conduct in Research and Projects in Africa
This statement, adopted by the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association in April 2000, discusses disclosure of objectives, informed consent, reciprocity, and deposition of data and publications.