The Research Integrity course (USU 6900) has been adopted by USU as its response to the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements outlined in the PAPP Guide and is available to students every semester.

This training fulfills regulatory requirements of the Public Health Service (PHS) and of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The America COMPETES Act requires all students and postdoctoral employees funded by the NSF to receive RCR training; this requirement is integrated into the NSF Proposal Award Policies and Procedures (PAPP) Guide. USU has extended this requirement to include all doctoral students regardless of funding.

USU 6900 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.

USU 6900 is offered every semester. All doctoral students must 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 course near the beginning of a student’s research activities. Completion of the course is an indication to the institution and the scientific community that its recipient is dedicated to the responsible conduct of research.
Subjects covered in the course include:
  • Authorship and publication practices
  • Collaborative science
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Data ownership, management and sharing
  • Mentor/trainee relationships
  • Peer reviews
  • Research misconduct
The following groups of individuals are required to complete the Research Integrity Course:
  • All doctoral students entering fall semester of 2013 or later.
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral fellows who are supported through National Science Foundation (NSF) 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
For information concerning this program, contact Dr. Jodi Roberts, Director, Research Integrity and Compliance at or (435) 797-4208.

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 previously indicated, 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.

There are five requirements to complete the course.
  1. Research Scholars Orientation. The orientation session is held in August on the second day of the School of Graduate Studies Orientation.
  2. Fall Research Scholars Forum. The Fall Forum covers Data Acquisition and Management and is usually held in early November.
  3. Spring Research Scholars Forum. The Spring Forum covers Publication and Authorship and is usually held in early April.
  4. Attend at least one of the events listed above in person
  5. CITI Training for RCR
USU subscribes to online training programs offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The RCR training program through CITI is a required component of the Research Integrity course (USU 6900). You will need to complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course. The first module is an introduction and does not have a quiz.

In order to pass, you must complete all five requirements and score at least 80% on all quizzes.

The RCR course is the only CITI training that meets the requirements of USU 6900.

  • Go to the CITI website.
  • Click “Register” in the upper right corner of the page.
  • Under “Select Your Organization Affiliation,” type Utah State University in the search box. Select Utah State University from the dropdown menu. Continue to step 2 on the CITI website.
  • Enter your personal information. A secondary email address is optional but recommended. Continue to step 3 on the CITI website.
  • Create your username and password. Select a security question and answer. Continue to step 4 on the CITI website.
  • Enter your country of residence and select it from the dropdown menu. Continue to step 5.
  • Indicate your interest in receiving Continuing Education Unit credit for completed CITI Program courses. Select an answer about participating in research surveys. These are voluntary programs but you must answer the questions to proceed. Continue to step 6 on the CITI website.
  • Provide answers to the required questions (starred). Non-starred questions are optional. The institutional email address should be your email address affiliated with USU. If you do not have an office phone, please enter a mobile or home number. Continue to step 7 on the CITI website.
  • Select “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Curriculum” near the bottom of the list and go to the next page.
  • Select the appropriate RCR focus area and go to the next page.
  • Click “Finalize Registration.”

  • From the main menu, the “Utah State University Courses” bar will open a table of all your courses.
  • Select a course link to begin the training modules.
  • If you have not already done so, go to “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning the course.”
  • Once the Integrity Assurance Statement (at the beginning of each course) has been completed, course modules will become live one at a time.
  • Complete the quiz (if applicable) at the end of each module and advance to the next module.
  • Once all modules have been completed with an overall score of 80% or higher, CITI will email you a completion report.
  • You may complete any supplemental modules of interest. These do not count toward your passing score and can be completed at any time.
It is possible to complete all the course requirements in one semester. To do so, plan to attend the session during the semester you are registered. For events not attended in person, you may complete the requirement by watching a recorded session and passing a comprehension quiz.