Our Student Collaborator’s Bill of Rights

Our work would not be possible without the involvement of students, both graduate and undergraduate. To help ensure all students who work with us know that we take their contributions seriously and are committed to fair and respectful collaboration, we share a “Student Collaborator’s Bill of Rights” with all who participate in this project. Our version of this bill of rights was adapted from UCLA DH program’s Student Collaborator’s Bill of Rights, and re-framed to use student-facing language.

We encourage other DH practitioners to also adopt this practice, and you are welcome to steal or adapt this statement as you see fit.

Student Collaborator’s Rights

  1. You have the right to fair compensation. If participating in research for course credit, the work you participate in must constitute a meaningful learning experience, including a high level of mentorship.
  2. You have the right to be treated as a full member of the project team, to have your contributions valued and respected, and to participate in project decision-making.
  3. You have the right to appear on the project as a collaborator and be acknowledged in subsequent publications that stem from the project. 
  4. You have the right to present on projects on which you have collaborated (assuming reasonable limitations about sensitive and embargoed material and on work in progress). The protocol for such presentations will be discussed at the outset of the project.
  5. You have the right to list your collaboration on the project on a CV or résumé, with help to formulate meaningful statements about your contributions as needed.
  6. You have the right for your contributions to not be made public or to anonymize public-facing aspects of your work if you so choose.
  7. You have the right to a record of your work. The project lead(s) will make every reasonable effort to either sustain a “live” project or, failing this, distribute to students an archived version or snapshot of the project.
  8. If at any time the above rights are not being upheld, you have the right to address your concerns with the project lead(s) to find a solution.