RCR Getting Started

Course Information

How often do I have to complete the RCR course?

The RCR course completion mandate has an annual requirement. You will enroll in/complete the Basic course your first year, then the Refresher course prior to your expiration date each year thereafter.

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Do I enroll in/complete the Basic or Refresher course?

If you have not completed the RCR course or completed the course prior to November 2020, you will need to complete the RCR Basic course. The RCR Refresher course is only for the annual renewal requirement.

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What if I completed the RCR course in the past, before it was changed to one basic course in 2019? Do I need to complete the basic course?

Yes, the course has changed to only include 7 modules. You must complete the basic course to receive credit at UK. 

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What modules are required?

  • 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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Are there 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 optional modules affect my overall grade?

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

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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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Does the CITI Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) course count for IRB approval?

No, if your intent is to complete IRB human subject protection training, be sure to select "IRB" from the CITI curriculum page.

Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) training covers topics integral to the preparation and development of current and future scientists in all areas of research (not just human subjects). It is a requirement of certain funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF). For information on the RCR training or requirement, see the RCR question under the Other Training FAQs.

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Is there a paper-based alternative for initial (basic) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training if I do not have access to a computer to complete CITI?

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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CITI User: How do I...

How do I log in to CITI with my linkblue?

 

  • On the UK CITI Single Sign On page, enter your Link Blue ID as your Username and your current Link Blue password. (Do not include @uky.edu when entering your Link Blue ID)

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How do I create a new CITI account?

 

  • CITI will attempt to match your account. If no match is found, CITI will present you with two options.
CITI Account Options
  • Click "I don't have a CITI Program account and I need to create one".
Associate your SSO account with a CITI Program account
  • You will then be prompted to create a new CITI Program account.
Create a new CITI Program account prompt
  • You will receive an email confirming your account.
     
    CITI email confirmation

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How do I affiliate my previous institutional CITI account with the UK?

 

  • On the UK CITI Single Sign On page, enter your Link Blue ID as your Username and your current Link Blue password. (Do not include @uky.edu when entering your Link Blue ID)

 

  • CITI will attempt to match your account. If no match is found, CITI will present you with two options.
Associate your SSO account with a CITI Program account
  • Click “I already have a CITI Program account”.
Do have an account
  • You will then be prompted to provide your Username and Password for your existing CITI account, the click Log In.
Link to an existing CITI Program account
  • Once CITI finds a match, you will be redirected to your Courses page, click “Records” to confirm the match was accurate.
CITI Main Menu
  • You will receive an email confirming your account.
     
    CITI email

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How do I find my UK Link Blue ID or reset my password?

For help identifying or activating your UK Link Blue ID, or resetting your UK Link Blue password go to the UK Information Technology Services linkblue Account page.

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How do I view the CITI program website in other languages?

CITI currently offers website content in the following languages: English, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

To change the language while using CITI, simply click the language drop down menu slightly above your name.

Languages

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How do I review the courses that I have completed?

After logging in to CITI through the Single Sign On portal, select "Records" from the menu at the top of the page. 

Records
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Or, from the Courses page, scroll to the bottom of the page, then click "View Previously Completed Coursework" under Learner Tools for University of Kentucky.

  • Previously Completed Coursework

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How do I retrieve my training certificate(s) from my UK CITI account?

After logging in to CITI through the Single Sign On portal, select "Records" from the menu at the top of the page.

Click Records

 

Next to “Show Records for:” you should see “University of Kentucky”.

University of Kentucky

 

If you do not, click the arrow to pull down your list of affiliations.

Pull Down list

 

Then choose “University of Kentucky”.

Choose UK

 

The records section provides access to courses from both current and past affiliations.

UK and Affiliations

 

Scroll to the course for which you want to retrieve a certificate.

Scroll to Course

 

In the “Completion Record” column, click “View-Print-Share”.

View-Print-Share

 

Click “View/Print” to have a PDF document generated for you to download.

View-Print PDF

 

Click “Copy Link” to copy a link to send via email.

Copy link

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How do I change my name in my CITI account?

In order to ensure that any subsequent training is accurately credited to your account, you must:

  • Click the arrow next to your name in the upper right hand corner of the page
Arrow next to your name

 

  • Click "Profiles"
Click Profiles

 

  • On your Profiles page, under Member Profile, click "Edit Profile"
Click Edit Profile
  • Enter correct information
     
Update Profile
  • Click Update
     
Update button
  • You will get a confirmation
Profile Update Confirmation

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Enrolling in/Completing the RCR Basic course

The UK curriculum on CITI offers two course menus, IRB and RCR. Which do I choose to access the Responsible Conduct of Research (Basic) course?

To access RCR training, select "RCR" and NOT "IRB" from the CITI curriculum page. RCR training does NOT meet the training requirement for IRB approval. RCR stands for Responsible Conduct in Research. RCR training is also required in order to receive grant funding from select agencies.

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How do I enroll in the RCR (Basic) course on the CITI website?

You may enroll initially from the Courses page after logging in to your account. Scroll to the bottom of your Courses page then click "Add a Course".

  • Add a course

In the next window, select the “RCR” menu, then click Next.

NOTE: RCR training does not meet the IRB Human Subject Protection training requirement.

  • Choose RCR
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Select Responsible Conduct of Research (Basic), then Next.

  • Choose RCR Basic
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You are directed back to your Courses page where it states you are now enrolled. 

  • Main Menu
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Scroll down to "Courses Ready to Begin" and click Start Now to complete the RCR Basic training.

Courses Ready to Begin

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The only active button is the "Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions" button. How do I start another module?

In order to activate the start button for the "Reproducibility" module, you must complete the "Responsible Conduct of Research Special Instructions" module first. This will only take a minute as this module only contains instructions on completing the course modules.

New RCR Course Modules

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What happens if I need to quit the course and return later?

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.

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Enrolling in/Completing the RCR Refresher Course

Will I receive a reminder email to let me know my RCR training will soon expire?

You will receive an automated email notification from CITI approximately 30 days prior to your expiration date. Note that CITI sends the reminder to the email you used when setting up the CITI account. To ensure that the email does not go to your Junk folder, please add "noreply@citiprogram.org" to your Contacts list in your email software. 

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Do I need to enroll in the RCR Refresher course if I completed the RCR Basic course through UK CITI?

No, the course will automatically populate on your UK CITI Courses page, under "Courses Ready to Begin" approximately 30 days prior to your expiration date.

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How do I enroll in the RCR Refresher course if the course doesn't populate on my UK CITI Courses page before my expiration date?

You may enroll initially from the Courses page after logging in to your account. Scroll to the bottom of your Courses page then click "Add a Course".

  • Add a course

In the next window, select the “RCR” menu, then click Next.

NOTE: RCR training does not meet the IRB Human Subject Protection training requirement.

  • Choose RCR
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Select Responsible Conduct of Research (Refresher), then Next.

  • Choose RCR Refresher
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You are directed back to your Courses page where it states you are now enrolled. 

  • Main Menu
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Scroll down to "Courses Ready to Begin" and click Start Now to complete the RCR Refresher course.

Courses Ready to Begin

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