Research Integrity and Compliance

USU 6900 - Research Integrity


Spring 2014
0 Credit


The purpose of this class is to provide 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. Subjects covered in the course are as follows:

  • 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 review

These topics are delivered in three events during the academic year, and online training modules from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) are also required. USU 6900 is offered each semester as a means of recording on the student transcript completion of required training, especially for individuals supported by NSF and NIDA grants, and by certain NIH grants. Two of the face-to-face events are held during the fall semester, and attendance or online participation will be recorded manually by the course instructor. The final face-to-face event is the Spring Research Scholars Forum. All requirements for the course can be completed once this event has taken place.

Required Participation

  1. In-person attendance for at least one of three face-to-face events is required.

Students may attend any number of these events. They are:

The Research Scholars Orientation, held this year on August 21 and 22, 2014.
The Fall Research Scholars Forum, held in November, 2014
The Spring Research Scholars Forum, scheduled for March 26, 2015.

  1. Participation in any of these events not attended in person is required, and consists of viewing the recording of the event, provided on this website:, and completing a comprehension quiz and submitting it to the course instructor.

  1. Completion of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training offered by CITI is also required. Please note that CITI's Human Research Protections training is not equivalent to its RCR training. USU 6900 requires completion of the RCR program, using the appropriate set of modules (Physical and Life Sciences, Social and Behavioral, or Humanities and Arts) for the student. CITI provides verification of completion which will be recorded by the course instructor.

Grade Requirements

Grading for the class is pass/fail. Passing requires attendance or viewing of the Research Scholars Orientation and Forums, and completion of the CITI training. USU 6900 tracks participation during the complete Academic Year so that participation in events held in the fall will be counted toward completion in the spring.  Failure to complete any of the components of the program will result in a failure of the class.

The class is required of all doctoral candidates at USU, and of all students required to complete RCR training through federal regulation. Currently, this includes all students and postdoctoral fellows supported by NSF, NIFA, and individuals funded through certain NIH grants as indicated in NIH Requests for Proposal. Completion of all aspects of USU 6900 qualifies students for the Research Scholars Certificate.