Research Ethics

UAF Policy - Responsible Conduct of Research Training

The UAF Chancellor signed the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training Policy (Policy #10.07.001) on June 8, 2010.  The Office of Research is responsible for developing operating procedures, training resources, and tracking compliance with the requirements of this policy and to address the America COMPETES Act requirement that all National Science Foundation (NSF) funded trainees receive formal training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Information about the requirement can be found at the following NSF sites:

RCR training is designed to promote the integrity of the university’s research by addressing the core issues for both responsible conduct of research and for maintaining the integrity of the research record. Everyone engaged in research activities, irrespective of discipline, is expected to have a reasonable understanding of these topics. This includes administrators and research support staff as well as faculty, post-docs, students, and technicians. The purpose of the course is to engage researchers and research trainees in reading about, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of science. The material is designed to initiate discussions on RCR topics between graduate students and their advisers, between research collaborators, and within research groups.

Some sponsors require formal documentation that investigators and their research team have received this training.Those taking LAS601 for credit will be able to provide transcript records as documentation; those taking it as non-credit training should talk to the instructor or ORI about obtaining documentation of completion.

Seminar Series

Fairbanks (Main Campus)- LAS 601

Individuals register for the seminar series as a 2 credit semester long course. Achieving a passing grade will also fulfill the National Science Foundation's 'Responsible Conduct of Research Training' requirement for trainees (postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduates).  See a sample course syllabus.

Other Locations

The Office of Research Integrity would like to set up similar seminar series at each of the other UAF campuses.  We are currently looking for faculty partners (one or more at each site) who are willing to promote RCR and lead the seminars on their campuses.  If you would like to volunteer to take the lead on your campus please contact the Office of Research Integrity  for more information.

CITI Course

This course is available for any students or researchers wishing to complete it. It is not a generally required course unless you are specifically instructed to do so. The primary means for RCR instruction per NIH and NSF funding requirements is the case-based discussion seminar series offered on campus for undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and researchers. For more information contact the ORI administrator (474-7800). 

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