Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research

“Each institution submitting a proposal must “provide appropriate training and oversight in the ethical conduct of research to all undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who will be supported by NSF to conduct research.”
—France A. Córdova
Director, National Science Foundation

Mines goes above and beyond this requirement and provides education in the ethical conduct of research to all students and employees involved in research, regardless of the source of financial support. This material is offered to students as a course—Introduction to Research Ethics (SYGN 502)—in our Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS). Research-active faculty, staff, and students who have not taken SYGN 502 can access this important education through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program (see CITI access instructions below). Courses on this site cover topics such as authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, and research misconduct. If you have questions, please contact us at

Instructions for completing the CITI on-line course pertaining to Responsible Conduct of Research:

The Responsible Conduct of Research course comprises nine modules. You may access, save, and continue on multiple occasions; you do not need to complete all of the modules at one time. After completing the course, print the certification of completion page and save for your files.


Registration and Course Instructions

  1. CLICK HERE to create an account or log in via Single Sign On at CITI (scroll down and select Colorado School of Mines). All users, no matter their prior status, are required to log in via SSO (Single Sign On). Users with existing CITI program accounts will initially need to match their account with Mines SSO. Registered, SSO-matched account holders that are in-progress in a course can skip to step 4 below.
  2. At the Select Curriculum screen, in the area labeled Question 5: Responsible Conduct of Research, choose your applicable learner group (Undergraduate Students or Graduate Students; Administration), then click the Submit button.
  3. At the next screen, below the message “Your request has been successfully submitted,” expand the blue Colorado School of Mines Courses tab, and click on the link titled RCR Stage 1 Course.
  4. At the next screen, you will be prompted to complete an Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning, or, if in-progress, you may review your course completion status and resume coursework.
  5. At the same screen, in the Required Modules area, click on an active link to begin or complete work on a module.


For questions regarding course expiration datesmerging two learner accounts, or for other technical support, resources, and tips, please visit the CITI program support pages.

Contact Us

Guggenheim Hall, Ste. 314
1500 Illinois St.
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 273-3327

Scot Allen, PhD
Research Compliance Officer

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