Research Integrity Officer Boot Camp

 July 23-25, 2024
Golden, Colorado USA

About this Boot Camp…

The RIO Boot Camp was established as a catalyst to professionalize the Research Integrity Officer’s (RIO’s) role and establishing best practices and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for RIOs to use in performing their duties. The people best equipped to lead this effort to improve the handling of misconduct cases are RIOs themselves.

The Boot Camp is built on the model of peer-to-peer education, capitalizing on the experience of seasoned RIOs and Office of Research Integrity (ORI) staff from the Division of Investigative Oversight (DIO). The RIO Boot Camp is comprised mainly of facilitated discussions including role-playing on critical aspects of the RIO’s role in handling allegations of research misconduct. Participants are expected to read the materials on a fictional case ahead of time as most of the discussions will be based on this case.

Travel and Lodging

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, and lodging.  Room blocks at the federal rate have been reserved for this boot camp.

Additional information is available through the link below.

Goals and Objectives

The RIO Boot Camp will provide a forum for RIOs and their legal counsel to discuss critical skills that RIOs need to fulfill their responsibilities and successfully navigate the most important problems facing RIOs today. Through a fictional case, the Boot Camp will illustrate best practices needed to manage research misconduct cases and handle the major challenges they present.

Finally, the critical role that obtaining, analyzing, and interpreting evidence plays in directing investigations will be illustrated through descriptions of forensic techniques used by ORI to detect fabricated or falsified images and numbers. By the end of the Boot Camp, all participants will gain experience in handling simulated allegations of misconduct and will be able to critique strengths and weaknesses of their own and alternative approaches.



The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA.


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Further Technical Information

For more information about program content, please contact:

Erin McCaffrey

Scot Allen

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