Responsible Conduct of Research

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Research Ethics at CSU, Bernard Rollin, University Bioethicist

Any group of persons, united in a group for common purpose, be it in society or in a university, must operate by a consensus set of rules governing what is seen as right and wrong, good and bad, fair and unfair, just and unjust. Without such rules, one could not have a unified collective entity, and efforts towards achieving a common goal would degenerate into chaos and anarchy, since any human activity faces myriad ethical challenges.

Research and scholarly activity conducted at an institution for the accretion of knowledge and the benefit of society falls four square under the rubric just described. We at CSU are committed to maximizing the ethical dimensions of what research and scholarship we conduct, as well as the scientific dimensions.

Colorado State University Responsible Conduct of Research Training

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to excellence, setting the standard for public higher education in teaching, research and service for the benefit of the citizens of Colorado and the United States. In alignment with the CSU Principles of Community, we are committed to developing a culture of shared values:

  • being accountable
  • engaging in civic responsibilities
  • promoting freedom of expression
  • demonstrating inclusiveness and diversity
  • encouraging innovation
  • acting with integrity and mutual respect
  • providing opportunity and access to all

Responsible conduct of research includes all scholarly and inquiry activity associated with the mission of CSU. Although the nature of such research varies by discipline, training in ethics and responsible conduct is an essential component of the education of all members of the academic community.

All trainees engaged in research and scholarly inquiry at the undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral level will be required to take RCR training during their time at CSU.

**Approved Face-to-Face (F2F) training should take place in the first year of the trainee starting at CSU.

View the Approved Face-to-Face Courses

*The CSU Online RCR training never expires. This is separate from CITI training taken for IRB or other purposes.

View the RCR Online Training and Certification

Policy update in process

CSU RCR Training Requirements

National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF)

Undergraduate Students: Online RCR training only

Graduate Students/Postdoctoral Fellows: Online RCR and approved face-to-face training

United States Department of Agriculture-National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)

Undergraduate Students, Research Scientist/Associate, Faculty: Online RCR training only

Graduate Students/Postdoctoral Fellows: Online RCR and approved face-to-face training

*The CSU Online RCR training never expires. This is separate from CITI training taken for IRB or other purposes.

**Approved Face-to-Face (F2F) training should take place in the first year of the trainee starting at CSU.

CSU RCR Compliance Yearly Continuity Training

In Spring 2021, CSU will move to a Continuous Compliance model whereby RCR compliance is maintained thereafter via yearly participation in approved courses/workshops/activities in the 9 RCR competency areas below.

*Trainees/units may seek approval for a course/workshop by contacting the RCR Coordinator prior to trainee completion.