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. 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.

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:

Events for Academic Year 2015-2016

1) Research Scholars Orientation

Students in the Research Scholars Certification Program must participate in one orientation session. The main orientation sessions is held during the week before classes begin on campus, it is normally 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 in-person 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):

  • Fall Forum - Data Acquisition and Management - November 12, 2015 - RSVP for this event here.
  • Spring Forum - Publication and Authorship - TBD

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

Links to Recordings of Latest Online Trainings 

Research Scholars Orientation, August 27, 2015

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

Data Acquisition, Management, Ownership & Sharing, November 12, 2015

The Fall Research Scholars Forum quiz is available on the Canvas site for USU 6900.  It is the Assignment 2 Quiz

Publication and Authorship

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

Publications and Authorship, TBD

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.