Principles of Scholarly Integrity
Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research
The University of Iowa is obligated to ensure that faculty, staff, and students conducting research are trained in the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Federal and private funding agencies are requiring increased compliance and oversight to ensure that researchers are meeting mandated RCR training. As a premier academic research institution training the country’s future generations of researchers, it is imperative that we instill basic principles of scholarly integrity and ethical approaches to meet the needs of the University’s research mission.
The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Graduate College ensure that institutional compliance guidelines are met. All graduate students and postdoctoral researchers engaged in research activities funded by NIH/NSF grants MUST complete an approved course of study in the Principles of Scholarly Integrity if their training and/or research is supported by NIH or NSF (e.g., investigator-based grants, individual fellowships, institutional training grants).
Irrespective of this mandate, a department, program, and/or principal investigator may also require that their students and postdoctoral researchers complete this course.
It is recommended that all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers consider this training, irrespective of their source of funding. The concepts and principles discussed in the course mentioned above are highly relevant to academic scholars in all discipline areas. The Graduate College also works with departments and programs to assist them in developing more discipline-specific courses.
*For those enrolling in GRAD:7270, GRAD:7604, or GRAD:7614 for fall 2014, the next mandatory introductory workshop will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 (8:30 am- 12:30 pm in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union).
In consultation with the OVPR, the Graduate College meets the compliance requirement and offers a comprehensive course for graduate students (GRAD:7270), postdoctoral scholars/fellows (GRAD:7604), and junior faculty with NIH K awards (GRAD:7614).
- General course information
- 2014/2015 course meeting times
- Spring 2014 course syllabus
- Spring 2014 course schedule
- Fall 2014 Group Preference Form
- Faculty facilitators – each participating department/program must provide one or more faculty facilitators in support of this course. Junior faculty and any faculty, who are training graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, are encouraged to participate.
- Frequently Asked Questions (for departments, faculty, and staff)
Enrollment and links to general course descriptions:
For doctoral graduate students (GRAD:7270:0001, 1 sem hr) – attend and participate in the Introductory workshop (4 hrs) followed by participation in eight 90-min topical workshop discussions to be completed in 4 semesters.
For master’s graduate students (GRAD:7270:0002, 0 sem hr) – attend and participate in the Introductory workshop (4 hrs) followed by participation in four 90-min topical workshop discussions to be completed in 2 semesters.
For special G9 non-degree graduate students (650:270:003, 0 sem hr) – attend and participate in the Introductory workshop (4 hrs) followed by participation in four 90-min topical workshop discussions to be completed in 2 semesters.
For postdoctoral scholars/fellows (GRAD:7604:0500, 0 sem hr) – attend and participate in the Introductory workshop (4 hrs) followed by participation in four 90-min topical workshop discussions to be completed in 2 semesters.
For junior faculty with NIH K awards (GRAD:7614:001, 0 sem hr) – attend and participate in the Introductory workshop (4 hrs) followed by participation in four 90-min topical workshop discussions to be completed in 2 semesters. Faculty serve as facilitators for small group discussions among graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in workshops.
NOTE: These courses are not open to students pursuing professional degrees (e.g., AuD, DDS, DNP, MD, MSN, PharmD). Professional students may consider taking the web-based CITI training course modules.
For additional information on the University’s programs in the Responsible Conduct of Research, visit the following URL on the OVPR web site: http://research.uiowa.edu/responsible-conduct-research
Additional resources can also be found in Chapter 6 of the UI Researcher Handbook, an electronic guide for UI researchers: http://researcherhandbook.research.uiowa.edu/6-conducting-research-respo...