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Academic Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research


UNI encourages all faculty, staff, and students involved in research to obtain training in how to maintain the highest standards of research integrity.  There are a variety of opportunities available for training and educational in this area.  Most research courses at UNI incorporate various aspects of ethics training in their curricula, and special courses devoted to the study of ethics are offered through certain departments which may include topics specific to research ethics.  Special workshops and seminars are offered periodically at UNI as well, for faculty, staff, and/or students, through the various colleges or other units.  For more information on Academic Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research at UNI please contact Anita Gordon, 319-273-6148.

University Policies

UNI Academic Ethics Policy - Faculty: Outlines ethical standards of responsibility for faculty members to scholarship, students, colleagues, the university, and the larger community which the university serves.

UNI Academic Ethics Policy - Students: Students at the University of Northern Iowa are required to observe the commonly accepted standards of academic honesty and integrity.

UNI Research Misconduct Policy - Faculty, Staff, and Students: Provides guidance in addressing alleged research misconduct by faculty, staff, and students affiliated with the University of Northern Iowa.

Training and Resources for Research Ethics

Effective July 2015, information on upcoming research ethics events and training opportunities is available at the UNI Center for Academic Ethics.  Events are typically announced on the RSP Training page as well.

Requirements for Ethics Training on NSF and NIH Grants

The CITI program in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is required for students and post-doctoral researchers employed on NSF grants.  A great deal more is encouraged.  More information about this requirement is available at Requirements for Ethics Training on NSF Grants.  The National Institutes of Health requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. Pertinent regulations are outlined in NOT-OD-10-019. Please contact Anita Gordon for further information on UNI requirements regarding Ethics Training for researchers on NIH Grants.

CITI Program in Research Ethics

One resource for training in research integrity and research misconduct for faculty, staff, and students is the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), based at the University of Miami.  This program offers online tutorial courses that can be accessed by anyone who lists UNI as their institutional affiliation on the CITI Training Program log-in page.  Courses are available in the following areas:

Human Participant Protection - By completing the Protection of Human Research Subjects training course, researchers learn about issues in research with human participants. Four Basic Courses are available through UNI in the Protection of Human Research Subjects: Biomedical Focus, Social and Behavioral Focus, IRB Members Course and Other Groups.

Animal Care and Use - This module meets the federal (USDA, OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching.

Responsible Conduct of Research -This training includes discipline specific courses in Biomedical, Social & Behavioral Research, Physical Sciences, Humanities, Engineers, and for Administrators. RCR topics covered in this module include Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship, Mentoring, Peer Review, LabAnimals, and Human Subjects.

Export Controls - After completing this module the learner should be able to: 1. Describe the three major sets of regulations that regulate the export of materials, technology, technical data, and software from the United States. 2. Define and use key terms and concepts critical to understanding U.S. export regulations. 3. Understand why it is important for researchers in U.S. institutions of higher education to have a core knowledge of U.S. export regulations. 

Conflicts of Interest - This training may be taken by anyone at UNI, but is targeted towards those involved in research projects that are funded by U.S. Public Health Service (NIH, AHQR, DHHS).

CITI Instructions

CITI Training Program Link

Other Online Resources

There are also a variety of resources available online.  A comprehensive compilation of articles, tutorials, and instructional resources related to Research Ethics is available at