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.
Several courses are available to satisfy this requirement. Visit the graduate student catalog and scroll down the page to see a list of applicable courses. Research-active faculty, staff, and students who have not taken one of these courses can access this important training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program (see CITI access instructions below). Modules in the online course include topics such as authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, and research misconduct. If you have questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Authorship standards vary between academic disiplines, which can lead to disputes over appropriate practice in collaborative work. Mines’ guidelines regarding authorship can be found here.
Research misconduct is the fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or other serious deviation from commonly accepted practices within the relevant scientific community for proposing, performing or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. To find research misconduct, a preponderance of the evidence must show that there was a significant departure from accepted practices of the relevant research community and that it was committed intentionally, knowingly or recklessly. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences in opinion.
If you think that research misconduct may have occurred at Mines, please contact me for a confidential discussion, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- At the same screen, in the Required Modules area, click on an active link to begin or complete work on a module.