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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible conduct of research starts with understanding the definitions, regulations, and procedures for handling allegations, and case histories. For additional information, please refer to the following links. Some of the following documents are provided in PDF format. You will need the free Acrobat Reader software at the Adobe Website.

Interim Rowan Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Federal Definitions and Regulations
Historical Cases and examples

In accordance with the University policy on ethical conduct of research (December 2011) in order to comply with Federal statutes, the Office of Sponsored Programs will inform researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows conducting research on certain types of National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded programs to enroll and complete the appropriate RCR training.

Please review the RCR training policy above to determine if training may be applicable to your funded research. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact the Research Office. Eric Gregory, Compliance & Contracts Specialist, at (856) 256-4058 or at gregorye@rowan.edu.

On-line RCR training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) - Web-based Training in Responsible Conduct of Research for Faculty and Students (http://www.citiprogram.org). CITI is a web-based program used by universities, other entities conducting research, and is periodically updated by veteran and experienced researchers and research administrators. The program can accommodate disabled individuals and is available in multiple languages.

New to CITI? Never created a CITI User Account? Please follow the directions below:
  • Use the link above to access the CITI program
  • Click on the link "New Users: Register Here"
  • Select Rowan University as the Participating Institution
  • Include your Banner ID in the box requesting employee ID
  • Use your Rowan University email address in the box requesting an email
  • After creating your profile, you should go to a screen to select the appropriate training
  • For any and all training that is not Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training, please mark the box saying "Not at this Time" or "Not Applicable" or if that option is not available, leave blank and do not select any training
  • When selecting RCR training, choose the most appropriate course related to the research project/purpose
  • The following categories exist in CITI for RCR:

Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research
Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research
Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research
Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research
Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers
Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators

Already have a CITI account? Transfered from another University or recent hire that already has an exiting CITI account? Please follow the directions below:
Existing CITI users:
  • Use the link above to access the CITI program
  • Go into your profile
  • Select Add a Course or Update Learner Groups
  • Select the appropriate RCR course (Question #4)
Transfers and recent hires that already have an existing CITI account:
  • Use the link above to access the CITI program
  • Select "Click here to affiliate with another institution"
  • Select Rowan University
  • Complete and update information as necessary
    • Use your Rowan ID when CITI is requesting employee ID
    • Use your Rowan University email address
  • Select Add a Course or Update Learner Groups
  • Select the appropriate RCR course
    • You may have to take one or two additional modules in RCR depending upon what training at your former institution is required and how it compares to Rowan University's RCR training
  • Go into your Rowan University newly created profile and verify that the affiliation change went through
    • You may have to select Remove affiliation and identify your former institution

RCR modules require a grade of 80% or higher, training is valid for three (3) years, and at any time during the training, a user can stop halfway and log back on at a different time to complete the training. Existing modules completed will still be considered completed, even if the full training course is not completed at that time.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Eric Gregory, Compliance and Contracts Specialist at gregorye@rowan.edu