Each summer the GSI Ethics Course is thoroughly updated and revised to keep its information current. The 2023-2024 course will close on Friday, July 31. This version of the course site will no longer be available after July 31.

If you are currently in the process of taking the course, please plan to complete all the quizzes with a passing score by July 31 at 11:59 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 2023-2024 academic year, will open on Tuesday, August 1, 2023. The link for the 2023-2024 site will be posted on the Enrollment Instructions page of the GSI Center website beginning Tuesday, August 1.

We encourage all Fall 2023 first-time GSIs to take the revised course available on August 1.  If you are teaching this summer, please take this 2022-2023 course. Any questions should be directed to gsi@berkeley.edu.

GSI Ethics Course 2023-2024

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
  • Creating Inclusive Classrooms
  • Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • Fostering Academic Integrity
  • Creating an Educational Environment Free of Sexual Harassment

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:

  *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.