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Academic Integrity Training

Starting in Fall 2011, all students newly admitted to doctoral programs must complete training designed to inculcate an awareness and understanding of the fundamental issues of academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research (RCR) in a manner that is consistent with federal regulations. This required training includes: 

  1. The online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) “Responsible Conduct of Research” training in the appropriate disciplinary area; and
  2. Four face-to-face ethics/RCR workshops coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research and Commercialization, or an approved alternative training offered as a program requirement for all students in the program. Students in a program that has approved alternative ethics/RCR training must still complete the online CITI Responsible Conduct of Research training in the appropriate disciplinary area.

The workshops and CITI training are open to all UCF graduate students and postdoctoral associates. For the ethics/RCR workshops, priority is given to doctoral students who are required to complete these workshops prior to advancement to candidacy. 


All academic integrity/RCR training requirements must be completed prior to a student’s advancement to candidacy. 

The CITI module should be completed by the end of a student’s second major (Fall/Spring) term of enrollment. 

A doctoral student who has not completed the required training in academic integrity and the responsible conduct of research will not be advanced to candidacy. This applies to all students newly admitted to doctoral programs starting with the Fall 2011 admission term. 

Note: Doctoral students who are readmitted with a new catalog year are required to meet the academic integrity requirements. Doctoral students who are moved forward in catalog year administratively are not required to meet the academic integrity requirements.

For more information about CITI training and ethics/RCR workshops, go to Academic Integrity Training on the Students website. 



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