Research and Scholarly Integrity

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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)  can be broadly defined as the ethical and responsible practice of research in the following areas. Research activities conducted by faculty, staff, and students at FSU must be conducted in an ethical and responsible manner following applicable federal or other governmental requirements, sponsor requirements, and University policies and procedures.

For Responsible Conduct of Research information more specific to Florida State University users, including NSF training requirement information, please visit The Office of Research Compliance Programs (ORCP) , which  is responsible for the development, oversight and monitoring of the research compliance program for Florida State University. 

Florida State University's RCR Training Policy

FSU has implemented a RCR training policy for all postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students supported by National Science Foundation funding to ensure compliance with NSF's responsible conduct training requirement effective January 2010 (see Chapter IV ). At this time the university has stipulated three options for meeting the NSF RCR requirement.

7A-2 Misconduct in Research, Creative Activity, and Scholarship Policy

The Misconduct in Research, Creative Activity, and Scholarship Policy applies to faculty, staff, students or trainees (e.g., graduate students, postdoctoral scholars), and any other members of the University community who propose, conduct, report, oversee, or review research on behalf of the University. This policy also applies to those who are involved in scholarship and creative activities (e.g., art, dance, music, design). Cases of student misconduct involving research related to academic credit are resolved through the Academic Honor Policy, but are not precluded from additional review under this policy. In certain cases, the Student Conduct Code might also apply. Procedures concerning allegations of misconduct in research, creative activities, and scholarship are overseen by the FSU Office of Research.

Other helpful resources for students:

  • Copyright Resources - This page provides a primer on copyright and fair use. It also houses a number of citation guides and copyright tools for students.
  • Information Technology Services - ITS provides a wide range of support to students including software training through  .
  • Office of Scholarly Communication - The Office of Scholarly Communication supports the production, dissemination, promotion and preservation of scholarly research and creative works in a digital research environment. The Scholarly Communication team works with faculty, graduate students and undergraduates on questions related to sharing their scholarly work online, managing copyright to those works and the ongoing shifts in the system of academic publishing.  
  • Strozier Library Technology Center - The Tech Center offers the use of its facilities and collection to FSU’s students, with the goal of supporting classroom assignments, instruction, and the general support of the university's mission. All staff and assistants are passionate and proficient in multiple areas of technology.
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