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PEERRS: Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Protections Course Details

Course Registration

To register for, and then open, the course in My LINC:

Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Protections

ADA Version Available Upon Request

The PEERRS Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) course contains visual / interactive elements that may be difficult to use with a screen reader.  If you need an alternative option due to visual impairment or other ADA-compliance reasons, email

The PEERRS Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Protections course defines CUI, identifies the federal regulations governing the access to and security protections for CUI, and outlines the key safeguards and incident reporting requirements for project teams authorized to handle CUI.

Course Requirements

Who should take this course?

The PEERRS Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Protections course is required for U-M faculty, students, staff, and others (e.g., contractors, visitors) who are working on a sponsored project that is subject to CUI regulations, as identified by the U-M Research Information Security Oversight (RISO) office.  This would include anyone on the project team that will have access to and/or handle the CUI, including:  

  • UM Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Research staff (students, post-docs, and other investigators)
  • Unit information technology (IT) staff 
  • External collaborators
  • Site visitors 

Course duration & certification requirements

Expect to spend approximately 45 minutes completing this course.  To receive certification in this course you must review all of the course pages and complete the assessment at the end of the course with a passing score of 80%.

Do I need to renew certification in this course?

Certification in the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Protections course is required every three years, if you are working on a sponsored project subject to CUI regulations.  Certification is renewable by re-taking the course.

The My LINC system may send up to two emails, one 30 days prior to the certification expiration and one on the expiration date, to remind you of the potential need to renew your certification.  These are automated system notifications of course expiration only - you, as the investigator, need to evaluate whether or not you will need to retake the course, depending on the status of the U-M research project(s) subject to CUI regulations, or your current role on those projects.

Course Outline

The topics covered in the PEERRS Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Protections course are:

  • CUI overview
    • CUI definition
    • CUI designations
    • CUI key terminology
  • CUI Regulations
  • The U.S. CUI Registry
  • CUI Guidelines
    • Safeguarding CUI
    • Retaining CUI
    • Destroying CUI
    • Decontrolling CUI
  • Identifying and reporting CUI security incidents, including insider threat situations
  • Non-compliance consequences
  • Key U-M contacts for the PI / project team.


Who at U-M When Where
Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP) Prior to processing new awards and incremental funding (existing awards) eResearch Proposal Approval Form (PAF), Award (AWD), and Award Modification (AWD-MOD)
Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) Prior to approving human subjects studies eResearch IRB application (HUM) or IRB amendment (AME)
Export Controls Office (ECO) Prior to approving research activity using controlled technology or data eResearch Technology Control Plan (TCP) or TCP amendment
Research Security Information Oversight (RISO) When processing new sponsored awards that reference controlled unclassified information (CUI) regulations eResearch Proposal Approval Form (PAF), Award (AWD), and Award Modification (AWD-MOD)


Other U-M offices may check PEERRS certification status as part of audit or misconduct investigations, including: University Audits, the Office of Research Compliance Review (ORCR), and the OVPR Research Integrity program.  School/colleges may check student and trainee certification status if utilizing PEERRS courses as a part of their unit-based Responsible Conduct of Research curriculum. 

References and Resources


For technical assistance using My LINC to register for the course, open the course, or navigate through the PEERRS Research Administration course and assessment, contact the ITS Service Center at 734-764-4357.

For questions regarding course content or training requirements, contact the U-M Research Information Security Oversight (RISO) office at:

For questions about the PEERRS program, contact the U-M PEERRS group at