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.

RCR training

Interested in being a Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) trainer?

In response to the VPR’s announcement of biennial RCR training with an in-person component, ORI is recruiting volunteers to aid with leading RCR training sessions within their department.

If you are interested, RSVP by sending your name and department using the subject line: Train-the-Trainer, before August 15, 2022.


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Mandatory Annual Training

What is the University Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training mandate?

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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, graduate students or trainees (undergraduates, postdoctoral fellows, visiting scientists) who participate in research or creative work. This mandate also includes any individual supported in part or fully through research funding, grants and contracts. Basic or Refresher online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR training requirements must be completed by eligible personnel annually. (As of August 2, 2022, the refresher course will be completed biennially. [HTML])

About the CITI RCR Course

This course provides an in-depth review of core RCR topics including case studies and video examples. 

The initial 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.