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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. If you do not have an account chose I do not have an account and enter your pods log in if requested.
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 questions 6 and 7
Click Submit


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 Research Compliance Office within the Division of Research at Binghamton University will conduct face-to-face workshops 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.

Fall 2018 Face-to-Face Workshops

Working with Microorganisms

Tues.-Thurs.   September 25-27
2:0O-5:00 PM
B401, within suite B300 of the COE 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. No prior microbiology knowledge is required. Seats are limited. To register, please contact Courtney Kleeschulte at

Questions can also be directed to David Davies at


Mentoring, Managing Conflicts, and Ethics in Research

Information forthcoming


Documentation of Training

The Division of Research will monitor completion of the CITI modules and will contact you if not completed promptly.  Documentation will be maintained by the Division of Research. 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 completion of this requirement.



If you have questions or concerns please contact the Research Compliance Office by phone at 607-777-4664 or by email at or Contact Nancy Lewis, Assistant Vice President of Research Compliance by phone at 607-777-3532 or by email at

Last Updated: 9/10/18