Responsible Conduct of Research:
Training Requirements

The RCR education program is flexible, allowing covered individuals three methods to complete the required education, including:

  1. Completion of an approved research ethics course — Successfully completing an approved credited research ethics course. Courses that are currently approved to complete this requirement are: BIO 500/BES 500, BES 510, CHM 500, CHE 570, MAF502, NEU 504, NUR649, PHC 693 and ENG 510/511.
  2. Attendance and participation in an RCR Education Workshop. ORI sponsored workshops are typically offered three times per academic year.  For more information, contact ORI.
  3. Completion of the online RCR education program — Successfully completing the online RCR education program provided by the Collaborative Institutional Education Initiative (CITI). For more information on how to navigate the CITI website, please refer to the URI CITI Guidance.

Custom-designed workshops, forums, and classes, or existing classes and seminars offered by the college or department may supplement or potentially replace the RCR education requirement if approved by ORI.

RCR Education is a one-time training, no refresher training is required. Completion of the RCR Education Requirement is verified through an approval by ORI on the Dissertation/Thesis Proposal Approval Form prior to approval by the Department Chair/Graduate Director.

Please review our RCR FAQ. This document answers many of the FAQs asked by graduate students and faculty looking to complete the RCR training requirement.

RCR Discussion Based Sessions

The RCR Discussion-Based Sessions is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and staff who wish to gain a better understanding of the best practices in research from University of Rhode Island’s experienced investigators.

Attendees will become aware of established professional norms and ethical principles for responsible scholarly conduct and learn how to apply them to their own work and conduct their research with integrity. Each session will be led by an expert on the seminar’s topic and will include case studies, problem-solving discussion as well as invite dialogue on ethical dilemmas led by the research faculty.

Sessions are offered throughout the academic year at the Kingston Campus, the Bay Campus, and the Providence Campus.