The Research Integrity course provides an introduction to key topics of Responsible Conduct of Research, which helps students and researchers understand their responsibilities related to proper research conduct and the regulations that ensure research is scientifically sound, ethical and safe. This understanding is critical for any career in scholarly research, whether in the academy, government or industry.

The following groups of individuals are required to complete the Research Scholars Certification program:

  • All doctoral students entering fall semester of 2013 or later.
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral fellows who are supported through National Science Foundation funding
  • Trainees supported by some categories of grants from NIH, including training grants, development grants and dissertation grants
  • Trainees supported through NIFA grants administered by the USDA beginning in August 2013

USU 6900 is used to record completion of the Responsible Conduct of Research requirements. Students working toward completion of the certificate must register for USU 6900 during one semester. The course provides an underpinning of ethical conduct for students entering the research enterprise at USU. The course is designed for graduate students, upper level undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows based on regulatory requirements from federal funding agencies.

All doctoral students should include USU 6900 in their Program of Study; the course will appear on the transcript of any student who completes the training. We strongly encourage completion of the Research Integrity course near the beginning of a student’s research activities. The certification is an indication to the institution and the scientific community that its recipient is dedicated to the responsible conduct of research. For information concerning this program, contact Jodi Roberts, Compliance Manager, at or (435) 797-8305.

Subjects covered in the course include:

  • Ethical treatment of human participants in research
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Ethical care and use of animals in research
  • Collaborative science
  • Data ownership, management and sharing
  • Mentor/trainee relationships
  • Authorship and publication practices
  • Research misconduct
  • Peer reviews

The Orientation session and the forums explained below are held on USU’s main campus. At least one of the three sessions must be attended either at the venue or through a facilitated broadcast provided by RIC. As indicated above, the other two sessions, at the choice of the participant, may be completed by viewing a digital recording of the session and completing a competency quiz on the information presented. However, participants are strongly encouraged to attend live sessions to contribute to dialogue and provide broader perspectives in the discussions.

When you attend any event in person, be sure to sign in to receive credit for your attendance.

1. Research Scholars Orientation

The orientation session is held in August on the second day of the School of Graduate Studies Orientation.

To RSVP for an orientation, complete the In-Person Attendance response in Canvas. If you are not registered for USU 6900 during the semester of your in-person attendance, you may write in your name on the sign-in sheet.

2. Research Scholars Forums

  • The Fall Forum covers Data Acquisition and Management and is usually held in early November.
  • The Spring Forum covers Publication and Authorship and is usually held in early April.

The next Fall Research Scholars Forum will be held Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in LIB 154. Dr. Jeff Horsburgh will speak about data ownership, management and sharing.

If you are registered for USU 6900 during the semester of your in-person attendance, RSVP for a forum by completing the In-Person Attendance response in Canvas.

If you are not registered for USU 6900 during the semester of your in-person attendance, RSVP for a forum by submitting the RSVP form.

3. Online Training

Participants must complete online training in several topics provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Learn more about registering for this free online training.

USU 6900 is offered every semester, and can be completed during any given semester by participating in the Research Scholars event offered during that semester on a face-to-face basis and completing all other events by viewing previously recorded events and passing the comprehension quiz associated with those events.

There are five requirements to complete the course.

  1. Research Scholars Orientation
  2. Spring Research Scholars Forum
  3. Fall Research Scholars Forum
  4. Attend at least one of the events listed above in person
  5. Complete the online Responsible Conduct of Research module provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

It is possible to complete the RSCP in one semester. To do so, plan to attend the session during the semester your are registered. For events not attended in person, you may complete the requirement by watching a recorded session and passing a comprehension quiz.