Academic Integrity Training
- Academic Integrity Training Requirement for Doctoral Students
- Academic Integrity Workshop Requirements
- CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirements
The Pathways to Success program offers a variety of academic integrity and ethics-centered opportunities, including workshops, CITI training modules, and other programming, open to all graduate students. Contact the College of Graduate Studies at email@example.com for any questions about academic integrity training.
Academic Integrity (RCR) Workshops
Academic Integrity (responsible conduct of research) workshops are offered every fall, spring, and summer semester as part of the Pathways to Success program at no cost and are open to all UCF graduate students and postdoctoral associates. These workshops cover a range of ethics topics including data management, authorship, copyright and image use, avoiding cognitive bias in research, conflicts of interest, and more.
A full list of Academic Integrity workshop descriptions can be found here. Upcoming Academic Integrity workshops are listed on the Pathways to Success UCF Events Calendar and below. Advanced registration is not required.
Fall 2022 Workshops
A Practical Guide to Preventing Plagiarism – ELECTIVE (9/28 session canceled due to Hurricane Ian)
A Practical Guide to Preventing Plagiarism – ELECTIVE (rescheduled to 11/1/2022)
Authorship Credit Collaborative Scholarship and Research: Ethical Pitfalls to Avoid – CORE (9/30 session canceled due to Hurricane Ian)
Ethics: Personal Integrity as a Graduate Student – CORE Please note: the 11/30 session of this workshop has been moved online. Use the following information to attend:
Meeting ID: 987 7616 7469
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program delivers online research ethics education training to members of the research community at more than a thousand U.S. and international institutions. Provided by the UCF Office of Research at no cost to researchers, CITI courses include the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training required for all doctoral students as well as many other offerings.
UCF Center for Ethics
The UCF Center for Ethics aims to cultivate an institutional culture of ethical literacy, including a unified and ongoing conversation about ethics and a habit of practical application around ethics in research, teaching, and partnerships. The Pathways to Success program collaborates with the Center for Ethics to provide Academic Integrity workshops and other ethics-based programming.
Academic Integrity Training Requirement for Doctoral Students
All students admitted to doctoral programs must complete training designed to instill an awareness and understanding of the fundamental issues of academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) in a manner consistent with federal regulations.
To achieve this objective, doctoral students must complete the following required training:
- Four Academic Integrity workshops through Pathways to Success (or an approved alternative training offered as a program requirement; see list of exempt programs)
- The online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training in the appropriate disciplinary area (all doctoral students must complete the online CITI Responsible Conduct of Research training)
Both the CITI RCR training and workshops are provided at no cost. Please see the additional sections below for details and registration instructions.
Academic Integrity Training Deadline
There is no set deadline for the doctoral Academic Integrity training to be completed. However, all requirements must be completed prior to a doctoral student’s advancement to candidacy. In other words, you will not be able to enroll in dissertation hours until this requirement is met.
Tracking Academic Integrity Completion
Your Academic Integrity training requirements are listed on your myUCF To-Do list. Your To-Do list will be updated to remove a workshop listing after each session attended and your To-Do list will no longer show these requirements once all workshops are completed and your CITI RCR training has been confirmed. Please allow 2-3 days after any activity for updates to your To-Do list to appear.
Academic Integrity Workshop Requirements
Academic Integrity workshops are provided through the Pathways to Success program each semester.
- You must take at least two CORE and two other CORE or ELECTIVE Academic Integrity workshops for a total of four workshops (workshops are indicated as CORE and ELECTIVE in their titles)
- To receive workshop credit you must sign the attendance sheet
- Students must attend the entire workshop session to receive completion credit
- PLEASE NOTE: The Pressures to Plagiarize Webcourse required of all new incoming graduate students is not part of the UCF Academic Integrity training requirement for doctoral students
- Academic Integrity workshops are listed on the Pathways to Success UCF Events Calendar and workshops are indicated as CORE or ELECTIVE in the workshop titles.
CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Requirements
University policy requires all doctoral students to complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training.
- You may complete the modules of the CITI RCR training in one session or in multiple sessions
- Follow the instructions carefully to save your work and remember to check your progress as you go
- You must email a copy of your Completion Certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm completion of the CITI RCR training
- PLEASE NOTE: Other CITI trainings (e.g. Human Research) will not fulfill the CITI RCR requirement; consult with your faculty adviser and the UCF Institutional Review Board (IRB) for guidance on other CITI trainings which may be required for specific research projects
Creating Your CITI Account
- Go to citiprogram.org
- Follow the instructions on the CITI Main Menu to create a user account for yourself, giving special attention to these fields
- Select “University of Central Florida” as your institution
- For your name, enter the same First Name and Last Name that displays in your myUCF Student Center (my.ucf.edu)
- On the second registration page, provide the information requested by UCF, giving special attention to these fields
- Institutional email address – Enter your Knights email address, which is your official UCF student email address
- UCF Employee Number – Enter your UCF ID, example: a1234567)
- On the Select Curriculum page, scroll down to Question 3, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and select the course in the appropriate disciplinary area for you.
- On the next registration page, you may also affiliate yourself with another institution, if you wish. Otherwise, select No.
- You have now completed CITI registration.
- To access the course, go to the My Courses section of the CITI Main Menu and you should see the Responsible Conduct of Research course.
- To start the course, click the red Enter link in the Status column.
If you completed your CITI RCR training at another institution recently, you must have your CITI account affiliated with UCF before submitting your training completion certificate by contacting the UCF Office of Research at email@example.com.