Office of Research
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Responsible Conduct of Research
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.
RCR Training Exemptions - In some instances, there may be valid reasons as to why an employee may not require Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. For a further review of whether or not an employee may qualify for an exemption from RCR training, please review the Exemption Policy. If an employee does appear to qualify for an exemption, please follow the instructions and complete the RCR Exemption Form. (Click here for Word version)
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 reminders researchers that web-based Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is mandatory for any faculty, staff, or student (both graduate and undergraduate) who engages in research. Effective January 1, 2012, prior to submitting grant proposals, all faculty and staff are required to complete RCR training. OSP cannot submit a proposal if there are no RCR certifications for the PI, co-PI and any other named researcher. All students (graduate or undergraduate) are required to complete RCR training prior to appointment as research assistants supported by grant funds. Employees and students currently supported by research grants are required to complete RCR training by April 30, 2012. Following that date, expenditures from grant funds will not be permitted until RCR certifications are obtained.
In order to view the web-based program, follow the link below to the CITI web site and click on"New Users: Register Here." Be sure to select Rowan University as the "Participating Institution." To ensure proper tracking, be sure to include your Banner ID on the second registration page where it asks for Employee ID. You will then be able choose the course that is most appropriate for your field. Be sure to select from the following listed under Question 4: Responsible Conduct of Research:
When you complete all of the course modules, you will have the option to print out a certificate of completion. If you need to stop and re-enter the site, you can do so through the link from this page and continue as a registered user. The Office of Sponsored Programs will be tracking the completion of the RCR module and will not submit any proposals without this module being completed by all PIs and Co-PIs.
If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Shreekanth Mandayam, Associate Provost for Research at firstname.lastname@example.org.