RCR Course Information

I completed the CITI RCR (Basic Course) at my former institution. Can I receive credit for the RCR (Basic Course) at UK?

The training must have been taken within the last 12 months and must contain the same modules as the UK CITI RCR (Basic Course). For approval, send the "Completion Report" to RCR@uky.edu.

Instructions on how to retrieve the Completion Report [HTML]

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What modules are required in the UK CITI RCR course?

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

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How long will it take to complete the RCR Course?

The average learner spends approximately 3 hours to complete the RCR (Basic) Course. 

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Am I able to quit the CITI RCR course and return to complete it later?

Yes. CITI allows you to complete the course at your own pace. You may quit and return to the course later. However, you must quit after taking the quiz for a particular module, not DURING the taking of that quiz, or your answers will not be recorded.

  1. Go to your UK Courses page;
  2. Scroll to "Active Courses" and find the RCR course;
  3. Click the button to continue.

You will be able to start at either the next module or, if you did not complete a module and need to take the quiz, at the module that you were viewing previously.

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Are there RCR optional modules pertaining to my discipline that I can complete?

Yes, they are referred to as "Supplemental Modules". You may complete any module(s) you choose under "Supplemental Modules".

Optional modules available:

  • Communicating with the Public;
  • Presentation of Research Findings;
  • Financial Responsibility;
  • Introduction to RCR;
  • Environmental and Social Dimensions of Engineering Research;
  • Using Animal Subjects in Research;
  • Plagiarism;
  • Research, Ethics, and Society;
  • Authorship; and
  • Collaborative Research.

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Will the RCR optional modules effect my overall grade?

No, the RCR optional (Supplemental) modules will not effect your overall course percentage.  

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Is there a paper-based alternative for the UK CITI RCR course if I do not have access to a computer?

If extenuating circumstances prohibit access to a computer, contact Jennifer Hill (jen.hill@uky.edu, 859-257-2978) to obtain an alternate paper-based course and exam.

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