GSI Professional Standards and Ethics Online Course
Each summer the GSI Ethics Course is thoroughly updated and revised to keep its information current. The 2020-2021 course will close on Friday, July 30. This version of the course site will no longer be available after July 30.
If you are currently in the process of taking the course, please plan to complete all the quizzes with a passing score by July 30 at 5 pm at the latest. This will ensure that all of your module quiz scores for the entire course will be intact.
The newly updated Ethics Course site, for the 2020-2021 academic year, will open on Monday, August 2, 2021. For the link to the 2021-2022 site, please go to the Enrollment Instructions page beginning Monday, August 2.
GSI Ethics Course 2020 – 2021
As a part of the campus-wide preparation of GSIs for teaching at UC Berkeley, completing the Online Ethics Course is required of all first-time GSIs before they interact with students (in person or online) in their role as an instructor.* 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:
- GSI Responsibilities and Ethics
- Promoting Learning through Diversity: The Inclusive Classroom
- Teaching Students with Disabilities
- Creating an Educational Environment Free of Sexual Harassment
- Fostering Academic Integrity
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 with whom they teach, this online course 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:
- Course Overview and Objectives
- Enrollment Instructions
- Online Ethics Course: Frequently Asked Questions
- Sexual Harassment / Sexual Violence Prevention Training: Requirements for Graduate Students
- Ethics Course Annotated Campus Resources List (pdf)
*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.