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 October 1st for Fall Matriculates and February 15th for Spring Matriculates. These trainings include:


Sexual Harassment Prevention

The online training, “Lasting Choices: Protecting Our Campus from Sexual Assault”, is administered by the Rice Equal Employment Opportunity Program/Affirmative Action office.  The training will be hosted through Rice’s insurance carrier, “United Educators” (UE).  When your account has been established, an email will be sent to you by UE inviting you to take the training.  Please proceed to the following instructions to begin your training session:

1. When you receive the Welcome email from UE, click on the link provided in the email to access the portal.

2. To access the course, use the login id and temporary password found in the email from UE.

3. After entering, click on the, “Lasting Choices: Protecting Our Campus from Sexual Assault” then complete the training.

4. Once you finish, you can print a certificate for your records.

If you cannot access the training, please contact David Hudson ( and he will help you.

Thank you in advance for doing your part in creating a campus environment free of violent sexual behavior and harassment. 


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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 October 1st for students starting the fall semester, and by February 15th 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 to 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 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 Projects and Research Compliance at

Students will not be able to register for future semesters until the training is completed.  Resulting late registration fees will not be waived.  


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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 take place on August 17, 2017 at 9:00am, Keck Hall, Room 100.  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.   

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