The Public Health Service and National Science Foundation (NSF) 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) 777-3532or at email@example.com.
Binghamton University follows the below policies regarding the responsible conduct of research in all fields throughout the University.
Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is required by federal sponsors including the NSF, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and others. Every University receiving grant support from the NSF and specific funded programs through the NIH must have an RCR program in place as a condition for accepting these grants.
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.
Principal Investigators (PIs) who have NIH awards are required to complete Conflict of Interest (COI) training. The NSF does not require COI training; however, it is strongly encouraged. Additionally, the CHIPS Act of 2022 (Section 10337) requires that all PIs and key senior personnel that are awarded NSF funding after August 1st, 2022 receive mentoring training and training to raise awareness of research security risks as well as Federal export control, disclosure and reporting requirements. To comply with this requirement, PIs and senior key personnel will complete both the RCR and Export Control Training courses in CITI.
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 a 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 that best fits your research or the course you are instructed to take. Note that this includes PIs and senior key personnel who have received an NSF award after August 1, 2022.
For PIs that require COI training, click Yes for question 6 and proceed with the instructions below. For those that do not, skip question 6.
For PIs that have received an NSF award after August 1, 2022 click on CITI Export Controls for question 7; proceed with the instructions below.
For all others, skip numbers 6-14
Click Complete Update
If you do not have a CITI 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 a CITI 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 and Workshops
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.
The Binghamton Biofilm Research Center (BBRC) is offering the following 3-day hands-on “Working with Microorganisms” workshops this Fall semster. The purpose of each workshop is to train Binghamton University students, staff and faculty in basic microbiology techniques. Attendees who successfully complete the training and attend all three online and in-person sessions will be certified by the Binghamton University Institutional Biosafety Committee to work in BSL-1 and BSL-2 labs. The workshops have limited space so pre-registration is required.
If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact
Rebecca Al-Feghali at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lab Safety Training
Laboratory Safety and Hazardous Waste training are required annually to fulfill our safety requirements under OSHA and the EPA. Our training calendar runs from 8/1-7/31 to accommodate the biggest influx of new students in the Fall.
Returning students/PIs/ Staff:
If you have taken training in-person before, you are eligible to take this training online. The module will be assigned on August 1st and emailed directly to you via “BComply Mailer.” Your certificate will also be sent from this same email.
If you have not taken this training in person you will need to take one of these sessions. You may be sent a registration link from within your department office if a session has been set up for you. If not, you can register for an open session on B-Engaged. After attending the face to face session, you must complete a short quiz which will provide you with a certificate at the end.
X-Ray Users and High Powered Laser users:
If you have new users or users who have never taken X-Ray or Laser Safety training, we have two open sessions of each on our training calendar. Please register on B-Engaged
We encourage you to keep your certificate, it may be required to gain access to your lab. We also encourage PIs to check with their group to make sure everyone has completed the training annually.
Please also see our training webpage or our events calendar for more information.
The Lab Safety Division of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) offers online Lab Safety Training.
New instructions on how to access the online training using the in-house BComply system
are available both on the Resuming Research and Training Web Pages.
If you have any questions, you can contact EHS training Coordinator Stephen Endres at email@example.com or please call 607-777-2211.
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 Stephen Kamper, Research Compliance Coordinator by phone at 607-777-3822 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Nancy Lewis, Assistant Vice President of Research Compliance by phone at 607-777-3532 or by email at email@example.com