Academic and Research Integrity

Academic Integrity

All FAU students are expected to adhere to the Code of Academic Integrity (University Regulations, Chapter 4, Regulation 4.001) and the Student Code of Conduct (University Regulations, Chapter 4, Regulation 4.007).  

Research Integrity

Upon entry, all students in the IB Program must complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.  RCR training is available online through CITI and via a series of four live training sessions offered through the Graduate College (see RCR Workshops at FAU).  Students must complete both the appropriate online and in person trainings RCR trainings.  CITI online training should be completed within the first semester enrolled and the live RCR trainings may be taken over the course of the first two years. 

Students working on federally-funded projects MUST complete RCR through CITI and in-person training through the Graduate College as well.  For more information on Grant RCR Training Requirements see Responsible Conduct of Research within FAU's Division of Research webpage. 

Use the lists here to determine in which of the five disciplines you should complete RCR.  For most students in FAU Biology graduate programs, Biomedical Sciences or Physical Sciences RCR training will be appropriate however, for some, the Social and Behavioral Sciences discipline will be most appropriate.  Once completed, RCR training is valid for the duration of the student’s program (it does not expire).

In addition to RCR, and also prior to beginning their research, students working with human subjects and/or other vertebrates must complete Human Subjects (IRB) and/or Animal Care (IACUC) training respectively.  Additional details and related forms can be found at FAU Division of Research Forms.  IRB and IACUC trainings are good for three years.  After three years have elapsed, these trainings must be renewed.  

Additional Resources

Additional academic and research ethics resources, including mandatory reading for all Integrative Biology PhD students titled “What is Plagiarism?”  Details on plagiarism prevention tools, available through the FAU CANVAS website.  All new Integrative Biology PhD students must review all of the above listed materials and sign the PLAGIARISM FORM within two weeks of matriculation.