Composition specialists share a commitment to protecting the rights, privacy, dignity, and well-being of the persons who are involved in their studies. This statement provides guidelines to assist all scholars, teachers, administrators, and students in fulfilling this commitment. The guidelines apply to formally planned investigations and to studies that discuss writers and unpublished writing that composition specialists encounter. Composition specialists are encouraged to seek additional ways beyond those identified in these guidelines to assure that they treat other people ethically in their research.
Read the full statement, CCCC Guidelines for the Ethical Conduct of Research in Composition Studies (November 2003)