Integrity in Research


The University of California is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity in research across all levels of the organization, as set forth by UC policy. See also the UC Office of Ethics, Compliance & Audit Services Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline, and the Official University Policies and Procedures of the University of California, Irvine.

Among the most important responsibilities undertaken by a faculty member when he or she serves as Principal Investigator (PI) or Lead Researcher (LR) on a research project is that of the scientific integrity of the project. If students, postdoctoral scholars, or other personnel perform work on the project, the PI/LR must ensure that these study team members have received proper training and education in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

Federal research sponsors have implemented regulations requiring that training in RCR is provided to study personnel as a condition of certain awards, although it is expected that robust training in RCR should routinely be provided to all students, postdoctoral scholars and research personnel regardless of the funding source.

Jill Yonago Kay
, MS (she/her)
Director, Research Policy
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

For information about making an anonymous report, see the UCI Whistleblower Website.

Fast Facts

Course MMG 250 satisfies the NIH's RCR training requirement, including face-to-face interactions.

Ideally, RCR training should include discussions of discipline-specific professional norms.

UCI's online RCR course, available at the UC Learning Center, will satisfy the NSF requirement for graduate students and postdocs.

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