Research Responsibility & Ethics

Research Responsibility and Ethics (PIBS 503) is in session every fall from September to December. Course materials including case studies and podcast lectures are available online through CANVAS, and discussion will take place in small-group sessions offered at many different times throughout the semester.

NIH mandates 8 hours of discussion to include:

  • Fraud, Fabrication, and Plagiarism
  • Data Storage, Ownership, and Peer Review
  • Animal Use and Care
  • Human Subjects Research and IRBs
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Research in the Global Workplace
  • Dual Use Issues
  • Face-to-face discussion with PI about ethical practices particular to project/laboratory


Graduate Students: Register for PIBS 503 (1 credit) in Wolverine Access.

Postdoctoral Fellows, K99/K08 Awardees, UROP Students, PREP Scholars, and individuals renewing their training: DO NOT register for the course in Wolverine Access (you will receive a certificate, but not an official grade). Please contact the course administrator, Kathryn Melvin, to request a spot in the course. Deadline for 2018 enrollment: Oct. 1.


For questions, contact


NOTE: PEERRS (the online ethics course for faculty) does NOT satisfy this requirement for students and postdoctoral fellows according to the NIH.