Research and Scholarly Integrity

Florida State University's RCR Training Policy

FSU has implemented a RCR training policy for all postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students supported by National Science Foundation funding to ensure compliance with NSF's responsible conduct training requirement effective January 2010 (see Chapter IV  ). At this time the university has stipulated three options for meeting the NSF RCR requirement.

To meet the RCR training policy for trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving NIH funding , the university has stipulated three options for meeting the NIH RCR requirement:

  1. FSU's RCR course
  2. Substantial face-to-face RCR discussion led by faculty and FSU's CITI courses
  3. Completion of an approved departmental course in the Responsible Conduct of Research. 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)  can be broadly defined as the ethical and responsible practice of research in the following areas. Research activities conducted by faculty, staff, and students at FSU must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner following applicable federal or other governmental requirements, sponsor requirements, and University policies and procedures.

This website is intended to provide general background information in these areas and provides links to external resources.

For Responsible Conduct of Research information more specific to Florida State University users, including NSF training requirement information, please see Scholarly Integrity within the GradSpace Blackboard organization site  or visit The Office of Research Compliance Programs (ORCP) , which  is responsible for the development, oversight and monitoring of the research compliance program for Florida State University. 

Other helpful resources for students:

  • Copyright Resources - This page provides a primer on copyright and fair use. It also houses a number of citation guides and copyright tools for students.
  • Information Technology Services - ITS provides a wide range of support to students including software training through  .
  • Office of Scholarly Communication - The Office of Scholarly Communication supports the production, dissemination, promotion and preservation of scholarly research and creative works in a digital research environment. The Scholarly Communication team works with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates on questions related to sharing their scholarly work online, managing copyright to those works and the ongoing shifts in the system of academic publishing.  
  • Research Computing Center (RCC) - The Research Computing Center, previously known as FSU’s Shared-High Performance Computing Center (HPC), offers a broad base of research computing and data storage services that allow FSU researchers to analyze and store large amounts of data. The Center also supports research projects from start to finish with free and dedicated consulting services on topics ranging from writing grant proposals to developing complex workflows.
  • Strozier Library Technology Center - The Tech Center offers the use of its facilities and collection to FSU’s students, with the goal of supporting classroom assignments, instruction, and the general support of the university's mission. All staff and assistants are passionate and proficient in multiple areas of technology.