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 Responsible Conduct of Research 

The Public Health Service and National Science Foundation require recipients of grants to develop policies on scientific misconduct and adopt procedures to both uncover acts of research fraud and examine allegations of misconduct in the conduct of research. 

Allegations of Research Misconduct are to be directed to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) who will consult confidentially with persons uncertain about whether to submit an Allegation of Research Misconduct. The RIO is responsible for: (1) assessing Allegations of Research Misconduct to determine if they fall within the definition of Research Misconduct, are covered by federal regulations, and warrant an Inquiry on the basis that the Allegation is sufficiently credible and specific so that potential evidence of Research Misconduct may be identified; and (2) overseeing Inquiries and Investigations; and (3) the other responsibilities described in this policy. Research Misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism or other practices in the conduct of research, scholarly, or creative activity that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the academic community for proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Misconduct in research does not include honest error or differences of opinion.

The RIO at Binghamton University is the Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance and can be reached at (607) 777-3532 or at

Binghamton University follows the below policies regarding the responsible conduct of research in all fields throughout the University.

Binghamton University's Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research

Binghamton University's Expectations on Research Data

Binghamton University and the Research Foundation's Policy on RCR Training

RCR Training 

Research and training programs are requirements through federal sponsors including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and others. These requirements stipulate that undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral researchers conducting funded research must receive training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Every University receiving grant support from the NSF and specific funded programs through the NIH must have in place an RCR program as a condition for accepting these grants.

Online Training

At Binghamton University all undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers supported in any part by a grant from the NSF or the NIH are required to complete an online training program.

Binghamton University utilizes Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to complete online training programs. This same program is in use by many research-intensive universities nationwide.


Procedures for  Online CITI Training

Click HERE and log in via the blue LOG IN button and then click "LOG IN THROUGH MY INSTITUTION" and chose SUNY-University at Binghamton. *
To add the new course:
After you log in You will see the Main Menu:
Click Add a Course:
Skip questions numbered 1 through 4
For question 5, select: The RCR course bests fits your research or the course your PI instructs you to take.
Skip additional questions
Click Submit

 *If you do not have an account and have a Binghamton University email, please do the following: Click HERE and log in via the blue LOG IN button and then click REGISTER and chose SUNY-University at Binghamton for your organization (select the one with SSO). Click both boxes that you agree and then choose (Continue To Create Your SSO Username/Password). You should then be prompted to create your account using your Binghamton email and PODS account info.

*If you do not have an account and do not have a Binghamton University email, please do the following: Click HERE and log in via the blue LOG IN button and then click REGISTER and chose SUNY-University at Binghamton for your organization ( Do not select the one with SSO). Click both boxes that you agree and then choose (Continue To Create Your CITI Program Username/Password). You should then be prompted to create your account using your own email.

Face-to-Face Seminars

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award, research education grant and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research.

The Office of Research Compliance within the Division of Research at Binghamton University will conduct face-to-face workshops thought the academic year covering subjects including but not limited to: acquisition, management, sharing and ownership of data; animal welfare; authorship/plagiarism; collaboration; conflict of interest; human subject protections; mentoring; peer review; and ethics in research.

Upcoming Workshops

Working with Microorganisms

The Binghamton Biofilm Research Center will be offering a hands-on workshop, entitled “Working with microorganisms” to be offered Tuesday, January 7th – Thursday, 9th, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in room B401 (within suite B300) of the COE building Health Sciences Core Facility. The purpose of this workshop is to train BU students, staff and faculty in basic microbiology techniques. Attendees who successfully complete the training will be certified by the Binghamton University Institutional Biosafety Committee to work in BSL-1 and BSL-2 labs. The workshop will meet on 3 consecutive days for 3 hours each and focus on medium preparation and autoclaving, aseptic technique in the handling of microorganisms, determining the overall number and purity of bacteria in a sample, and stock culture preparation. No prior microbiology knowledge is required. Seats are limited. To register, please contact Courtney Kleeschulte at  Registration must be by noon on Monday, January 6th. 



Previous Workshops

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshops Fall 2016-Present

Lab Safety Training

The Lab Safety Division of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) now offers small session format Lab Safety Training classes every other Thursday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in the EHS Training room located in the Decker Student Health Services Center on the Ground Floor (IN 101). This class is complimentary and open to faculty, students, and staff. The EHS Training room has a capacity of 16 people, so space is limited. Reservations to attend can be made by emailing the training Coordinator, Stephen Endres, at  If you have any questions, please call 607-777-2211.   View the EHS Calendar HERE.


Documentation of Training

The Office of Research Compliance monitors completion of the CITI modules and will contact you if not completed promptly.  Documentation of both online and face to face trainings are maintained by the Office of Research Compliance. You may also print for your own records a completion certificate from CITI. A copy of this certificate should be maintained by the student or postdoctoral researcher should there be any question concerning the completion of this requirement.



If you have questions or concerns please contact Nancy Lewis, Assistant Vice President of Research Compliance by phone at 607-777-3532 or by email at

Last Updated: 12/19/19