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6,513: Policy on Training for Research Compliance & Compliance with Environmental Health & Safety

Last Revised: September 2013

The University is committed to creating an atmosphere that promotes responsible conduct in research and fosters integrity within the research community. The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical for study integrity, research excellence, and public trust. Compliance with Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) regulations helps to ensure the health and safety of the university community and our environment.

It is the policy of the University of Nevada, Reno that all faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral scholars and volunteers that are engaged in the planning and/or conducting research shall receive training in the subject areas applicable to their roles and responsibilities.

All principal investigators (PIs) should be aware of their responsibilities in the research environment, including their responsibilities as supervisors of persons working or volunteering in their research. These responsibilities are identified through appropriate training. Existing PIs are encouraged to register for training that they have not attended to ensure that they have the same knowledge as the staff within their lab groups. This training provides PIs with the knowledge required to assess the readiness of their laboratory staff and identifies additional training that is required or beneficial.

All new PIs must attend the "New PI Training" as part of the new hire orientation before they begin their first sponsored research project.

The required training topics include but are not limited to:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Human Research Basic Course Social Behavior or BioMedical
  • Effort Reporting
  • Sponsored Projects Fiscal and Administrative Management
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Animal Welfare, Animal Care and Use
  • Export Control
  • Additional Appropriate Safety Training (as required for all research for which they are responsible and determined through activities associated with the research)
  • For more trainings, please see the Training Matrix

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation is responsible for coordinating the training sessions and maintaining the database of participants.

Faculty, staff, students, postdoctoral scholars and volunteers must have a verifiable record of appropriate training. 

Personnel who have failed to receive the mandatory trainings will not be allowed to conduct research until the trainings are complete. Notification of failure to complete training may be directed to the PI, PI supervisor, and other university officials.

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