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Ethical Compliance

Graduate Students

SIUE Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Training

The National Science Foundation's Implementation of Section 7009 of the America COMPETES Act requires that institutions in receipt of NSF funds provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers who are supported by NSF to conduct research. This policy was published in the Federal Register Vol. 74, No. 160, Thursday, August 20, 2009. Further notification may be found in Chapter II of the NSF Grant Proposal Guide.

SIUE is committed to excellence in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) education for all undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. SIUE seeks to encourage a culture of responsible conduct in research across campus.

The Graduate School oversees the implementation of SIUE's RCR training policy, which is shown below. Faculty are required to email a list of their funded students to Linda Skelton at A database of names and completed training certificates will be kept in the Office of Research and Projects.


All undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers paid by internal or external research grants (not including URCA Associates or Assistants) will complete the CITI module-based online RCR training and certification.

Per the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “Requirement for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research,” each recipient of an applicable NIH grant will develop with his/her mentor a plan to meet the required contact hours of instruction.  This plan must be submitted to the Office of Research and Projects (ORP) for review and approval.  Proof of completion of each element of the plan must be submitted to ORP.


Faculty leading internally or externally sponsored research projects are encouraged to utilize the materials and resources provided in the RCR Mentoring Resources.

Documentation and Recordkeeping:

The Graduate School will retain all documentation related to the CITI training and compliance with the NIH requirement.


Approved by Graduate Council, September 27, 2012.


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