Research Integrity

This page is your guide to resources for teaching responsible conduct of research, scholarship, and creative activities. Immediately below this plan, you can find direct access to resources that will help you fulfill these requirements (EPIGEUM and CITI) and track RCR work (SABA).

These are the basic requirements for the new RCR plan that took effect January 1, 2017; department plans may outline more specific requirements to meet the discussion-based and annual training. All graduate students enrolling for the first time in spring 2017 or after will follow the new departmental plans. Graduate students who entered in fall 2016 or earlier have the option of following the academic unit’s previous plan or the new requirements; students should consult with their departments about which option works best with their program of study.


RCR Minimum Plan requirements


Master’s plan B and grad professional

CITI Modules Year 1

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Authorship
  • Plagiarism
  • Research Misconduct

6 hours discussion-based training (by completion of the degree)


Master’s Plan A students

CITI Modules Year 1

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Authorship
  • Plagiarism
  • Research Misconduct

6 hours discussion-based training (by completion of the degree)

CITI Modules Year 2
Complete 3 additional from specific list


Doctoral students

CITI Modules Year 1

  • Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Authorship
  • Plagiarism
  • Research Misconduct

6 hours discussion-based training (by completion of the degree)

CITI Modules Year 2
Complete 3 additional from specific list

Year 3 forward
3 hours of annual refresher training

Tracked automatically in SABA =  
Tracked by department in GradInfo =  

RCR memo - 8/29/16 (PDF)

MSU Responsible Conduct of Research Plans template 2016 (PDF)

MSU Office of Regulatory Affairs Responsible Conduct of Research page with links to the SABA system and the RCR Core courses for graduate students

MSU Policy on NSF Funded Research 2009 (PDF)

MSU RCR Plans (Click on your department)

THE LAB video

The long awaited release of "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct" is now available for viewing on the ORI web site. The video simulation allows users to assume the role of a graduate student, post-doc, research administrator, or PI and make decisions that affect the integrity of research.