Research Integrity and Compliance

Research Scholars Certificate

The Research Scholars Certification Program, offered by the Research and Graduate Studies Division of Research Integrity and Compliance, provides an introduction to key topics in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The goal of training in RCR is for researchers to understand their responsibilities related to proper research conduct, and the regulations that ensure that research is done in ways that are 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 program:

  1. All doctoral students entering during or after Fall Semester 2013.
  2. Students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral fellows who are supported through National Science Foundation Funding.
  3. Trainees supported by some categories of grants from NIH, including training grants, development grants, and dissertation grants.
  4. Beginning in August 2013, trainees supported through NIFA grants administered by the USDA.

The RSCP is the approved program for fulfillment of this requirement. Although the training is mandatory for individuals in these four groups, all students will benefit from this training.

Relationship of RSCP to USU 6900 – Conduct of Responsible Research

USU 6900 is the course used by USU to record completion of the requirements for the RSCP. Students working toward completion of the certificate must register for USU 6900, Research Integrity.  This course 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  It is also possible, by registering for USU 6900 in the Spring Semester, to attend all events held during the year and completing the online training requirements throughout the academic year Here are sample schedules that can be followed:

Register for USU 6900 during Fall Semester:

1.     Complete the Research Scholars Orientation on August 21, 2014 by attending the session in person

2.     Complete the Fall Research Scholars Forum either by attending the live session (to be offered in November) or by viewing the 2013 Fall Forum (available below) and completing the quiz.

3.     Complete the Spring Research Scholars Forum by viewing the recorded Spring Forum (available below) and completing the quiz.

4.     Complete the online CITI training during the semester, as explained below.

Or, register for USU 6900 during Spring Semester:

1.     Attend the Research Scholars Orientation on August 21, 2014

2.     Attend the Fall Research Scholars Forum in November 2014 (or watch the recording and complete the quiz)

3.     Attend the Spring Research Scholars Forum in April 2014 (or watch the recording and complete the quiz)

4.     Complete the online CITI training during the academic year.

Instructions for registration and completion of USU 6900 requirements are available here. All doctoral students should include this course in their Program of Study; the course will appear on the transcript of any student who completes the training. The course consists of three components:

1) Research Scholars Orientation

Students in the Research Scholars Certification Program must participate in one orientation session. The main orientation sessions are held on two consecutive days during the week before classes begin on campus, with one of the sessions being offered immediately following the School of Graduate Studies Orientation.

NOTE: 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.

2) Research Scholars Forums

Students in the program must participate in the two Research Scholars’ Forums offered during the year (dates to be determined):

3) Online Training

Participants must complete on-line training in several topics, provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). For information concerning registration for this free online training, visit the Office of Compliance Assistance web page at Ideally, the following course plan should be followed:

  1. Before the Research Scholars Orientation
    • The CITI Course in Responsible Conduct of Research
    • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
    • PLUS four additional topics as indicated at USU’s CITI introductory module
  2. Before the Fall Research Scholars’ Forum
    • Data Acquisition and Management Module
  3. Before the Spring Research Scholar’s Forum
    • Responsible Authorship and Publication
    • Responsible Peer Review Module
  4. Prior to the end of the Spring semester
    • Human Research Participants
    • Animal Care and Use

Completion of RCR Training

Links to online trainings (2014-2015 Academic Year):

Research Scholars Orientation, August 21, 2014

The RSO Quiz is available on the Canvas site for USU 6900.  It is the Assignment 1 Quiz

Data Acquisition, Management, Ownership & Sharing, November 6, 2014

The Spring Research Scholars Forum quiz is available on the Canvas site for USU 6900.  It is the Assignment 3 Quiz

Spring Research Scholars Forum (2014-2015 Academic Year):

Publications and Authorship, March 26th, 2015


CITI modules

We strongly encourage completion of the RSCP near the beginning of a student’s research activities. The Certificate is an indication to the institution and to the science community that its recipient is aware of and dedicated to the Responsible Conduct of Research.

For information concerning this program, please contact Russ Price, Federal Compliance Manager, at, or (435)797-8305.