human-factors College of Design

Human Factors and Ergonomics

Research Ethics


University of Minnesota Administrative Policies on Performance Standards and Progress require that all graduate students receive training in the ethical conduct of research.


For more information about the policies:




There are several ways to fulfill the requirement. You only need to take one of the following:


Options available through the University of Minnesota:

Research Education and Oversight, a unit within the Office of the Vice President for Research, offers workshops primarily for faculty and staff, but graduate students are welcome to attend.  Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) part 1 is offered as an in-person workshop three times per semester.   RCR part 2 is offered as a series of four online workshops, which can be completed in any order.  All topics must be completed before your training record shows the requirement has been met. Part 2 may be taken before part 1; the courses are not consecutive.


DES 8181: Research Ethics.  Overview of ethical concerns and questions in conducting and disseminating research. Topics include mentoring relationships, use of human subjects, data handling, plagiarism, authorship, publishing, research funding, social responsibility of researchers, code of conduct.  A one-credit, primarily online course, it has been approved to meet the NSF research ethics requirement.  This course is offered every spring semester.


If you identify other options, confer with your adviser or the Director of Graduate Studies.


Options offered outside the University of Minnesota:

The CITI program, a consortium in Florida that has developed online workshops on a number of topics, has created a research ethics workshop developed to meet the research ethics training requirement for people who receive funding from NSF, and is specifically intended for undergraduate and graduate students. "Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research" fulfills the program's requirement.


DHHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) helped develop "The Lab", an interactive movie that addresses a number of research ethics issues.  The focus is science oriented, highlights issues.


If you identify other options, confer with your adviser or the Director of Graduate Studies.


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