Faculty, staff, and students who serve in various capacities on research and scholarship projects are required to complete training that is appropriate for the role they will serve on the project and meets sponsor regulations. Sponsor regulations, University policies, and the supervisors of staff and students will determine the appropriate level of training. The Office of the Vice President for Research has the responsibility to ensure that principal investigators (PIs), investigators, co-investigators and their staff and students have access to the necessary information and supporting resources to meet expectations about the responsible conduct of research.
Research funding from internal and external sources will not be released for faculty and staff who fail to complete research education requirements. Other policies address requirements related to research and may impose additional consequences for non-compliance.
The vendor of choice for RCR on line training is the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program). CITI uses the following to make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these.
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is committed to making all of its content accessible to persons with disabilities. The CITI Program website and other communications aim to adhere to best practices for accessibility such as:
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)
- Web-based Intranet and Internet Information and Applications (1194.22) component of the U.S. federal Section 508 standards
Reason for Policy
This policy implements the principal investigator and researcher eligibility requirements contained in Board of Regents Policy: Submitting and Accepting Sponsored Projects and Board of Regents Policy: Code of Conduct, and establishes the expectation for a training program to meet the shared responsibility for the responsible and ethical conduct of research.
This policy also articulates the shared commitment of the University and its faculty, staff, and students to ethical behavior and fulfillment of the fiduciary duties of public funding that are fundamental to the responsibility of serving as principal investigator (PI) or in another role on projects of research and scholarship.
In addition, various government and other agencies set standards and requirements for education and training in the responsible conduct of research. This policy ensures, where applicable, the scope of the University's program for the responsible conduct of research includes such additional requirements.