Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) practices is a new institution-wide comprehensive training program conducted by the Graduate School. This program is mandatory for all new Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars.

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. For details on the goals and structure of RCR, view the RCR Presentation and read the RCR Policy Statement.

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. The course consists of a day-long seminar with breakout sessions, discussion and essay component.

Course dates 2018-2019

All scholars will be required to attend a day-long Saturday course on one of the dates below, depending on registration for GS 0900 in the fall or winter semester. Alternate arrangements will be made only for students who are unable to attend on those dates due to religious or cultural restrictions.

Fall 2018 – Saturday, September 29

Winter 2019 – Saturday, January 26

GS0900 Syllabus Fall 2018


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

Contact information: Dr. Todd Leff ( Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Micro-credentialing program

As part of the Graduate School's micro-credentialing program, after passing the RCR course, participants will be issued a micro-credential in Responsible Conduct of Research. A micro-credential, also called a digital badge, is a tool for showcasing the skills and experience that may not be readily apparent by reading an academic transcript, resume or CV. These badges are shareable via social media (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Mozilla Backpack). They can also be embedded on a personal or professional website or added to an email signature to demonstrate skills and experience to prospective employers, colleagues and peers. Learn more about the Graduate School's micro-credentialing program.