Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Ethics in Research & Scholarship Certificate

Earn a certificate for Ethics in Research and Scholarship (Without extending your coursework at UNI!)

  • Learn how ethical issues are addressed in a variety of research/scholarship fields
  • Become a more ethically professional scholar/researcher
  • Meet faculty and students from other disciplines across campus
  • Distinguish your resume and CV

This certificate option is open to graduate and undergraduate students in ALL MAJORS, as well as any interested faculty or staff member.

Certificate in Ethics in Research and Scholarship Flyer (PDF)

To earn the certificate, you must complete a two part process. There is no time limit for completion.


PART A:  Responsible Conduct of Research

Participate in at least 4 research ethics-related workshops or panel discussions sponsored by Research & Sponsored Programs, UNI Business Ethics Chair, Graduate College, and other partners, during one or more semesters. Please visit the RSP Training and Events page for more information on each session. 

Upcoming Part A qualifying sessions are the following:  


Ethical Data Management & Presentation (Download Flyer PDF)

Thursday, September 10, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here

Led by Helen Harton, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, this session will present and discuss ethical issues in data storage and management, as well as how to ethically author and present your results using various methods of dissemination. Registration is required.


Social Responsibility in Research (Download Flyer PDF)

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 2 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here

Helen Harton, PhD., Professor of Psychology, will present and lead discussion on the ethical issues involved in conducting research projects involving human participants, animal care and use, and the potential impacts of research integrity or misconduct on communities and society. Registration is required.


Ethical Issues in Qualitative Research (Download Flyer PDF)

Monday, October 26, 2020, 3 – 4 pm  |  Zoom virtual session -- register here

Susan Etscheidt, Department Head and Professor of Special Education, will moderate a discussion on ethical principles for the framework, design, and conduct of qualitative research, including how to conceptualize research questions, engage participants and their voices in the process, and avoid objectification and "othering", particularly in disability studies. Registration is required.


PART B:  Other Ethics Activities

Participate in at least 2 additional activities (such as another relevant workshop or panel discussion, special lecture, seminar, or Business Ethics Movie night). Conducting ethics research under the supervision of a Center faculty member will also fit Part B.

For inquiries about whether a scheduled event around campus qualifies, please contact


See RSP Training and Events for specific information on each event.

Additional options may be offered in future semesters.

*Please Note—this is not a credit certificate. It will not appear on your transcript, but you can ethically list it as an additional credential on your CV or resume!