As one of Canada’s top 15 research Universities, the University of Saskatchewan commits to research, scholarly and artistic work that is rigorous and trusted.  The work of members of the University must be held in the highest regard, be ethically sound, and contribute to the creation, application and refinement of knowledge.

Every Canadian institution receiving funding from the Tri-Agencies (CIHR, SSHRC, NSERC) must have a policy that meets the requirements of the Tri-Agency Framework on Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework). The Framework applies to all research conducted under the auspices of the University of Saskatchewan and is reflected in the USask Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Policy.

Supporting Research Integrity

When conducting research, Members of the University are responsible for…

  • Ethical and safe conduct of research
  • Mentorship and supervision of trainees and students
  • Scholarly and scientific rigour and integrity in data management and stewardship
  • Recognizing Indigenous rights in research
  • Effective, economical and ethical management of research funds
  • Appropriately acknowledging all contributors and contributions to research
  • Reporting conflicts of interest
  • Reporting breaches of the RCR Policy of which they are aware.

Learn about Responsible Conduct of Research

  • USask GPS960 - GPS960 is a required course for all graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. The purpose of this course is to discuss issues related to the ethical conduct of research that graduate students may face during their time at the University. Topics covered include integrity and scholarship, graduate student-supervisor relationships, conflict of interest, conflict resolution and intellectual property and credit.
  • Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training for RCR - To take the CITI training, enter the University of Saskatchewan as your organization affiliation, check the boxes to confirm your agreement with terms and your affiliation with the U of S, set up your username and password and click on the course in which you want to enroll.
  • University of British Colombia Course Foundations of Responsible Conduct of Research (NON-UBC)
  • Scholarly, Research and Creative Integrity, Toronto Metropolitan University - The course Research Integrity Training Modules is composed of 4 modules covering study formulation and research design, research conduct and analysis, research dissemination and publishing, financial reporting and grant management.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Courses Portal, Columbia UniversityA course using case studies covering Conflict of Interest, Mentoring, Responsible Authorship and Peer Review, Research Misconduct, Collaborative Science, Data Acquisition and Management. 
  • Coursera On Being a Scientist - A course on RCR, developed by Leiden University. The course is free if you choose to complete it without a certificate.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

USask Research Policies

Writing with Integrity



Mentorship and Supervision

Ethical Research with Humans and Animals 

Funding and Financial Management

Conflict of Interest

Research with Indigenous People and Communities

Equity and Diversity

Learning Cases

Actual Cases

  • The Secretariate on Responsible Conduct of Research (Canada) publishes anonymized file summaries of cases along with a description of the recourse imposed by both the institution and the relevant Agency.
  • The U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) publishes case summaries of persons who have had administrative actions imposed as a result of findings of research misconduct.

Breaches of the RCR Policy

Learn more about what constitutes a breach of RCR policy at USask.

FAQs about USask RCR Policy

Find answers to common questions about the USask Responsible Conduct of Research policy.


Who should I contact with questions or complaints?

  • Dr. Darcy Marciniuk, Associate Vice President Research​  
  • Dr. Trever Crowe, Research Integrity Officer 
  • Dr. Diane Martz, Responsible Conduct of Research Specialist  ​