Research Integrity – Professional Development Options

Researchers have three sets of obligations that motivate their adherence to professional standards.

  • First, researchers have an obligation to honor the trust that their colleagues place in them

  • Second, researchers have an obligation to themselves.

  • Third, because scientific results greatly influence society, researchers have an obligation to act in ways that serve the public

Scientists and their institutions should act to discourage questionable research practices (QRPs) through a broad range of formal and informal methods in the research environment.*

*Institute of Medicine 2009. On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research: Third Edition. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Individual researchers, lab groups, departments, or colleges may use the resources outlined below to supplement and enhance the integrity of the research environment.

Faculty Mediator

  • Reach out to a trusted senior or emeritus faculty member

  • Seek an individual who can help facilitate solutions

    • Individual may have Mentoring Certification; OR

    • Individual may be a trusted & experienced research who models desired practices

P.I. Program + Engage other personnel

  • PI enrolls in the Coaching Program offered by the P.I. Program at Washington University in St. Louis; AND

  • Department Head or Chair engages other personnel as needed to hear their concerns and provide assurances; AND

  • College covers the cost of the P.I. Coaching Program


Washington University in St. Louis P.I. Program On The Road

  • PI and any relevant personnel complete the P.I. Program On The Road

  • One day Face-to-Face workshop delivered at Auburn University

  • The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance will offer logistical and administrative support

  • The College covers the cost of the program