As a part of campus-wide preparation of GSIs for teaching at UC Berkeley, completing the Online Ethics Course is required of all first-time GSIs.* Through this course GSIs learn about policies, practices, and standards that all instructors need to know in order to perform their responsibilities professionally and ethically. The course is structured in five modules:

  • Promoting Learning through Diversity: The Inclusive Classroom
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Creating an Educational Environment Free of Sexual Harassment
  • Fostering Academic Integrity
  • GSI Responsibilities and Ethics

The goal of this online course is to enable GSIs to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that promotes student learning and their own growth as instructors while upholding the professional standards and expectations of the University. Along with the seminar on teaching and learning in higher education that GSIs take in their departments, the Teaching Conference, and the mentoring GSIs receive from the faculty member whom they teach with, this online courseĀ  provides GSIs with an excellent foundation as they begin to teach at Berkeley. Please see the following pages for further information about the online course:

Please note that the current GSI Ethics Online Course site will close on Friday, July 24, 2015. It will not be available after that date. Before enrolling in it, please consider whether you will have time to complete the entire course by that date. If you do not complete the course by July 24, you will need to enroll in the 2014-2015 GSI Ethics course after it comes on line on July 31 and complete each of the modules on that course site. Should you have questions, please contact the GSI Teaching & Resource Center atĀ

*Although the course is intended for first-time GSIs, any instructor, student, or staff member on the campus can enroll in and take the course. The Graduate Council of the Academic Senate sets the policy for first-time GSIs (Graduate Council Policy on Appointments and Mentoring of GSIs), and the GSI Teaching & Resource Center offers the course.