Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences supports the federal requirements for training set forth in the Competes Act and by the Graduate School which teaches the responsible conduct in research, scholarship, and creative activities which is fundamental to the integrity of every graduate program. As a graduate student you will be required to complete the appropriate training. Please select the appropriate program below.

You can find resources to help fulfill these requirements for:

Requirements

If you are on funded research (e.g. research assistantship) follow instructions for “Funded Research”.

All students who receive payment to work on government sponsored research grants must comply with a set of federally mandated statutory requirements. Failure to comply will jeopardize both the student and faculty member’s eligibility for receiving future federal grants and could lead to the revocation of degree, loss of IRB status, destruction of data collected, and withdrawal of any publications resulting from data collected from the grant.

If you are participating in funded research please follow these requirements not that of your specific program.

Requirements:

  1. Complete the following 4 CITI modules, 1) Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research, 2) Authorship, 3) Plagiarism, and 4) Research Misconduct, within 6 months of appointment.
  2. Complete online HRPP/IRB Certification within in 6 months of appointment.
  3. Complete 8 additional in person discussion hours within 24 months of appointment. This includes CCAS Orientation training, CCAS sponsored RCR sessions, university sponsored RCR sessions, CCAS PhD Pro-seminar, and other pre-approved by the CCAS Associate Dean for Research.
  4. Complete 3 additional hours of RCR training in each subsequent years until completion of grant-funded work.  This can be a combination of CITI modules and in-person discussion.

Requirements:

  1. Complete the following 4 CITI modules, 1) Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research, 2) Authorship, 3) Plagiarism, and 4) Research Misconduct, within 10 months of enrollment into program.
  2. Complete online HRPP/IRB Certification.
  3. Complete 6 in-person discussion hours (equivalent of 4 CCAS workshops of 1.5 hours each). This includes CAS Orientation training, CCAS sponsored RCR sessions, university sponsored RCR sessions, CCAS PhD Pro-seminar, and other pre-approved by the CCAS Associate Dean for Research.
  4. Year 2 complete 3 additional CITI modules.
  5. Complete 3 additional hours of RCR training in Year 2 and each subsequent years until completion of degree.  This can be a combination of CITI modules and in-person discussion.

Requirements:

  1. Complete the following 4 CITI Modules, 1) Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research, 2) Authorship, 3) Plagiarism, and 4) Research Misconduct, within 10 months of enrollment into program.
  2. Complete online HRPP/IRB Certification.
  3. Complete 6 in-person discussion hours (equivalent to 4 CCAS workshops of 1.5 hours each). This includes CAS Orientation training, CCAS sponsored RCR sessions, university sponsored RCR sessions, CCAS PhD Pro-seminar, and other pre-approved by the CCAS Associate Dean for Research.
  4. Year 2 complete 3 additional CITI modules in any of the following areas: Collaborative Research, Conflicts of Interest, Data Management, Financial Responsibility, Mentoring, Peer Review, or Rigor and Reproducibility.

Requirements:

  1. Complete the following 4 CITI modules, 1) Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research, 2) Authorship, 3) Plagiarism, and 4) Research Misconduct, within 10 months of enrollment into program.
  2. Complete online HRPP/IRB Certification.
  3. Complete 6 in-person discussion hours (equivalent to 4 CCAS workshops of 1.5 hours each). This includes CAS Orientation training, CCAS sponsored RCR sessions, university sponsored RCR sessions, CCAS Pro-seminar, and other pre-approved by the CCAS Associate Dean for Research.

Requirements:

  1. Complete the following 4 CITI modules, 1) Introduction to Responsible Conduct of Research, 2) Authorship, 3) Plagiarism, and 4) Research Misconduct, within 10 months of enrollment into program.
  2. Complete online HRPP/IRB Certification.