Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) practices is an institution-wide comprehensive training program conducted by the Graduate School. In accordance with the Higher Learning Commission's integrity training requirements, the RCR program is designed to work with individual departments to provide comprehensive training. While the basis of integrity training rests largely with the research advisor, the Graduate School's goal is to assist by providing training in the Core Curriculum aspects of RCR, which is then followed by discipline-specific specialized training provided by the research advisor and department.

RCR Policy Statement

Course date Winter 2020

All new Ph.D. students and many postdoctoral scholars* are required to attend a workshop Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 8:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Alternate arrangements can be made for scholars unable to attend on that date due to religious or cultural restrictions. 

Students must enroll in the RCR training course, GS 0900 titled, "Essential Research Practices: Responsible Conduct of Research." This is a zero credit hour pass/fail course, so there are no costs associated with registration for new Ph.D. students. Postdoctoral scholars can use the Tuition Assistance Program to cover the costs of registration, etc. associated with this course. 

GS0900 Syllabus Winter 2020

*Postdocs funded by OVPR are required to attend this course during their first year, failure to do so will result in funds for year two not being transferred. Postdocs funded by federal funds (e.g. NIH, NSF, DoD, etc.) are also required to attend this course during their first year, per the U.S. government. All other postdocs are highly recommended to take this course during their first year at Wayne State. 


Successful completion of Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) basic online responsible conduct of research, selected to be applicable to all students. CITI Training topics include: authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, data management, financial responsibilities, mentoring, peer review, plagiarism. CITI Training Registration and Core Topics Completion Protocol

Questions? Contact Dr. Todd Leff, associate dean of the Graduate School.