Responsible Conduct of Research
Research Ethics Training at UIS
The ethical conduct of research is critical to modern society. Unfortunately, there are examples of unethical practices by professionals and students. The purpose of our program is to educate our students on the various aspects of responsible research.
Research involving human subjects is regulated by federal laws and NIH and NSF grant recipients are required to have a research ethics training program in place.
Besides legal aspects, research ethics training helps students meet our ECCE learning outcomes (“Recognizing the social responsibility of the individual within a larger community.” And “Engaging in informed, rational, and ethical decision-making and action.”)
Questions about this program may be addressed to the UIS RCR Officer, Dr. Keenan Dungey (firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-8112). Additional resources are available from NAS
Research Ethics Training in the Social Sciences
The required training for Human Subjects Research fulfills part of the research ethics training in social sciences. Departments may have additional requirements.
Research Ethics Training in the Natural Sciences
1. Overview (3 hours)
CHE/BIO 301 General Seminar or CLS 321 Seminar
Introduces the idea of ethics in the profession. Goes beyond the UIS Academic Integrity Policy
Reading and writing on Scientific Ethics
Turn in student essays for faculty evaluation
2. Online Training (5 hours)
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) (through UIUC subscription)
The Required Training page has enrollment instructions for CITI.
Select the following 10 topics from the Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course 1. – RCR:
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course Introduction
Case Study – Data Management
Conflicts of Interest
Collaboration Between Academics
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course Conclusion
Students print certificates, submit to email@example.com
3. Discussion (1 hr)
Meet with research faculty mentor in BIO 302, CHE 302, or CLS 400
Reflection on lessons learned
Student participants sign log sheet, kept in Research and Sponsored Programs office
Research Integrity Violations
If you suspect that someone associated with UIS is violating the research integrity policy, please contact the Research Integrity Officer, Dr. Keenan E. Dungey (217-206-8112, firstname.lastname@example.org).
You can also report suspected violations anonymously through the University of Illinois EthicsLine, 1-866-758-2146.