Institute for Research & Scholarship

Description of Research Ethics at Butler University

Butler University (BU) has a number of methods for providing research ethics education to its research community. Individuals involved in human subject and animal research are required to complete education focused on the appropriate use of humans and/or animals in research, prior to receiving Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval for specific research protocols.

Effective in 2011, all students and post-doctoral researchers supported by NSF research funds are required to complete online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) education through Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). The topics covered in the online training include: data acquisition and management, authorship and publication, peer review, mentor/trainee responsibilities, collaboration, conflict of interest and research misconduct. Documentation of completion of the CITI course is available through the Butler Institute for Research and Scholarship office. Additional RCR education is provided through faculty-student discussions.