Responsible Conduct of Research & Scholarly Activity (RCR) is founded on core values such as those listed in the "ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research"  published by the Department of Health & Human Services' Office of Research Integrity: 
Honesty, Accuracy, Efficiency, and Objectivity.

University of Kentucky RCR Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) [PDF]

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Mandatory Annual Online Training

On July 17, 2020, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) issued an email requiring RCR training. The mandatory RCR training applies to all full-time faculty, staff or trainees that participate in research or creative work. This includes staff supported in part or fully through research funding, grants and contracts, or who execute research and/or creative work, and trainees (undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists) participating in part or fully in research or creative work.


About the CITI RCR Course

There are now only two options when completing the RCR course, Basic and Refresher. If you have never completed the RCR training or completed a version of the RCR training before November 2019, you will need to complete the Basic course for credit at UK. If you completed the RCR Basic course after November 2019 and a year has passed, you may complete the RCR Refresher course. The required modules are:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions;
  • Mentoring;
  • Peer Review;
  • Research Misconduct;
  • Conflicts of Interest;
  • Data Management; and
  • Reproducibility of Research Results.

Review of the required materials and completion of the quizzes will take about 30-35 minutes per topic. Courses do not have to be completed in one session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the RCR course. CITI allows you to retake the quizzes if you do not obtain the minimum score required to pass the course.