Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities


The Graduate School requirement of graduate students for Responsible Conduct of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RCRSCA) education includes (i) on-line training modules (CITI) and (ii) a series of in-person, discussion-based workshops. These workshops allow questions/issues/concerns that may have been raised while completing the required CITI modules to be addressed, and they reinforce important points introduced in the modules. Moreover, these sessions serve to develop a culture of responsible conduct and fulfill the face-to-face hours and content required by federal funding agencies (e.g., NIH and NSF).

Workshop Series Coordinators

Dr. Greg Swain, 517-353-1090,

Dr. Thomas D. Jeitschko, Dean of The Graduate School, 517-353-3220, or


Topics for 2020-2021 RCRSCA Workshops

Discussions will be based around a main presentation given by Dr. Greg Swain, or by other individuals from key units across campus. The purpose for these workshops is to help students better understand about the importance of responsible conduct, learn about proper research and creative activity practices, and connect to important regulatory and information offices across the MSU campus. Each topic, as listed below, is paralleled by a CITI lesson such that a student could pair an online module with a discussion session.

All workshops in the fall semester of 2020 will be conducted virtually at the designated time, 6:00-7:30 pm. Zoom link information will be provided to registrants.

All workshop slides and other materials can be found in Ability as “Class Documents” under each workshop/course.

Ethics in Research and Creative Activity, and Effective Mentoring, September 15, 2020. Rescheduled for Tuesday, September 29, 2020.

Authorship, Plagiarism and Peer Review, October 13, 2020

Strategies for Effective Team Authorship Decisions: Power Dynamics, Authorship Policies, and Team Climate, November 10, 2020

Data, Data Management and Research Collaborations, December 1, 2020

Research Misconduct, January 19, 2021

Use of Animal Subjects and Animal Protocols, February 16, 2021

Use of Human Subjects and IRBs, March 16, 2021

Rigor and Reproducibility, April 6, 2021

Intellectual Property, Non-Disclosure Agreements and Export Controls, April 27, 2021