Responsible Conduct of Research

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) practices is an institution-wide comprehensive training program conducted by the Graduate School. The RCR program is designed to work with individual departments to provide comprehensive training. While the basis of RCR training rests largely with the student's department and research advisor, the Graduate School's goal is to provide training in the general or core principles of RCR that, when combined with discipline-specific training provided by the department, constitutes a complete program.

Course Winter 2021

All new Ph.D. students and many postdoctoral scholars* are required to enroll in the RCR training course, GS0900 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 register here for this course at no cost

This semester, the class will be entirely on-line. All components will be accessible through the GS0900 course site on Canvas. PhD students can register for the course here and follow the prompts. When searching for the course, enter 0900 in the course number box.  The course will then appear with the course registration number 25198.  Click to add the course and proceed to complete the registration process. Postdoctoral scholars will be provided access to the Canvas website after they register through the link above. 

The RCR program has three components: 1) an online CITI training module that introduces the basic concepts of RCR; 2) an online course that provides Wayne State specific RCR information on how to manage RCR issue, and 3) discipline specific training provided by the trainee's department or program. All three components must be completed by all graduate students by the end of their second year.

See the GS0900 Syllabus Winter 2021

Per NIH guidelines, RCR training must be refreshed every 4 years and all trainees must take an online refresher course after a four-year period.

*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 and NSF) 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. Questions? Please contact

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