New Graduate Student Training
As a new graduate student, there are some training requirements which you must complete. These are MANDATORY. All trainings are due by January 31 for Spring Matriculates and September 15 for Fall Matriculates.
- Sexual Harassment Prevention
- Responsible Conduct of Research
- Lab Safety
Sexual Harassment Prevention
Sexual harassment is not tolerated at Rice, and it is everyone’s responsibility to be informed about what kind of behavior crosses the line and how to deal with awkward situations.
The online training will take about 30-45 minutes to complete.
- Go to http://training.newmedialearning.com/psh/riceuniv/choice.htm
- Choose the Supervisory option.
- When you have completed it, print the certificate, and send it by campus mail to Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at MS-13, bring it by our office at 323 Allen Center, or PDF it to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is due by January 31 for Spring Matriculates and September 15 for Fall Matriculates. Students will not be able to register for future semesters until the training is completed. Resulting late registration fees will not be waived.
Responsible Conduct of Research
Training and education in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is an essential aspect of Rice’s commitment to maintain the highest standards for research integrity, and as such, it is considered an integral aspect of graduate education. As a member of the Rice University community, all graduate students (including all professional Master’s students with the exception of MBA and MLS) are required to complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Responsible Conduct of Research online course by September 15 for students starting the fall semester, and by January 31 for students starting in the spring semester. The training modules required for all graduate students vary based on school and program. At a minimum, graduate students must receive training in ethical conduct of research; research misconduct; responsible authorship and publication; data acquisition and laboratory tools; conflicts of interest; the use of animal and human subjects in research; and safe laboratory practices. In addition, depending upon the academic school and type of research in which you plan to engage while at Rice, additional modules or individualized training may be required.
The responsible conduct of research (RCR) online training will take about 4-6 hours to complete. It does not have to be completed all in one session, but can be saved and logged out and back in later. A minimum score of 80% is required to pass by Rice’s standards. Please follow the instructions at http://comp.rice.edu/rcr_instructions/ for taking this course. You are not required to request CME/CEU credits for the course(s). If you have additional questions, please check the FAQs. If you have any issues with assessing the training, please contact the Office of Sponsored Research.
This training is also due by January 31 for Spring Matriculates and September 15 for Fall Matriculates. If students are paid, checks may be held if the training has not been completed by the deadline. Students will not be able to register for future semesters until the training is completed. Resulting late registration fees will not be waived.
Lab Safety Training
Lab safety training is for the safety of the students in the Schools of Engineering and Natural Science and all others who work in labs.
Lab Safety training is mandatory for all new students in the School of Engineering; School of Natural Science, with the exception of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments; and any student outside those schools who will be working in a laboratory at Rice. This is a live training that will be scheduled early in the semester. Your departmental staff will coordinate this training, or contact Environmental Health and Safety, 713-348-4444.
Professional masters students and those in computational or theoretical fields are NOT exempt from lab safety training. Only students in the Department of Mathematics are exempt from the training. Students who are required to attend lab safety training will be obliged to attend make-up training if they miss the August session.
Failure to complete these trainings by the deadline may result in your stipend checks being held and a hold being put on your second semester of registration. Resulting late registration fees will not be waived.
Note: Anyone who will be working with human blood or tissue is required to take the Hepatitis B shots if they have not previously had it as part of their regular childhood immunizations. Contact Environmental Health & Safety for more information.