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.

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RCR In-Person Training

RCR In-Person Training/Discussion Sessions Now Being Offered

As stated in an email from the VPR, May 23, 2022, all research-eligible UK personnel and graduate students are required to adhere to the RCR in-person training/discussion mandate in addition to the online RCR course and must be completed biennially. 

The deadline to complete the initial RCR in-person training/discussion session is December 31, 2023.

*Please note: As of January 1, 2024, new Human Research protocols cannot be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for review and new Animal Research (IACUC) protocol submissions will be held from approval until the RCR training requirement is met and/or untrained University of Kentucky research personnel are removed. This includes both the online course completion as well as the in-person training session completion.

ORI is offering the following one (1) hour sessions. Please keep in mind the sessions have limited seating availability. [Registration]

*Before attending the session, please ensure you have completed the RCR Basic online course.

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The Vice President for Research (VPR) has purchased an iThenticate subscription for researchers including graduate students.  iThenticate (plagiarism-checking software) is now available for RCR-compliant researchers including graduate students.   

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Mandatory Biennial 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. Online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) RCR training as well as RCR In-Person training requirements must be completed by eligible personnel biennially.

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.