Research Integrity Officer Boot Camp

 July 23-25, 2024
Golden, Colorado USA

2024 Course Schedule

The program runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Breaks are scheduled in the morning and afternoon. Lunch is also included on field trip days. All attendees must check in at the Registration Desk on the first day of the program. Check-in opens at 7:30 AM.

RIO Boot Camp Session Objectives

Session Title Objectives—By the end of this session, the learner will be able to…
Role of the RIO (and others)

·      Determine at which phases to involve different members of the “RIO team”;

·      Identify key resources and procedures needed for consistent research misconduct proceedings; and

·      Discuss the scope of the RIO’s role and understand the role of other players such as the DO, GC, Respondent, Complainant.

The Role of ORI ·      Understand the role of ORI, the resources available with ORI and when to reach out.
Allegation and Assessment

·      Define an allegation;

·      Define RM and FFP;

·      Understand how to trigae allegations; and

·      Conduct a preliminary assessment in accordance with PHS Regulations.

Identification & Sequestration of Evidence

·      Understand how to plan for effective data sequestration, both virtually and in-person;

·      Identify barriers to successful data sequestration; and

·      Determine relevancy of evidence.

Inquiry Overview & Notice to the Respondent

·      Understand when an inquiry is warranted;

·      Outline the steps to take before and during an inquiry;

·      Understand how to notice Respondent(s);

·      Define “need to know” “confidentiality” and the steps that are required before and during a notice; and

·      Draft a notice of inquiry.

Examine Evidence & Identifying SMEs

·      Define vetting procedures to identify subject matter experts;

·      Discuss different models for the Inquiry phase (RIO, Inquiry Official, Inquiry Committee); and

·      Explain how to examine or train SMEs to examine evidence.

Determining if an Investigation is Warranted

·      Understand how to determine if an investigation is warranted;

·      Understand required notifications if warranted and how to close the matter if not; and

·      The role of the Deciding Official.

Investigation Overview

·      Explain the transition from Inquiry to Investigation; and

·      Understand high-level overview of investigation procedures and resources.

Identifying and Impaneling Committees

·      Discuss the different levels of expertise for an Inquiry Official vs an Investigation Committee; and

·      Understand how to handle objections to committee members.

Assisting and Supporting Committees:

·      Understand the role of the RIO in supporting and assisting committees including with interviews, examining evidence and logistics; and

·      Understand the role of the committee and their responsibilities.

Investigation Outcomes

·      Discuss possible outcomes based on a preponderance of the evidence;

·      Exemplify how to assess intent; and

·      Understand how to determine corrective/administrative actions and necessary referrals.

Report Drafting and Finalizing

·      Know best practices for report writing;

·      Understand the scope of various report and memorandum throughout the process;

·      Understand the role of the RIO and Committee in report writing; and

·      Discuss procedures for report drafting and finalization.

Handling Admissions

·      Define admission;

·      Know when to report an admission to ORI; and

·      Know when an admission can and cannot replace a committee finding.