Responsible Conduct of Research

College of Engineering
Instructions for Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

There are two parts to the training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Training is valid for 4 years. Those who are required to receive RCR training must do so at least once every 4 years.

Part I: The first part is an on-line CITI course

Who Needs to Complete the On-line CITI Course:

  1. All CoE Faculty
  2. All CoE Post-Doctoral Associates
  3. All CoE PhD Students
  4. Masters Students and Undergraduate Students who receive compensation from a research grant or who are contributing intellectually to their voluntary or academic participation on research grants
  5. All trainees on grants

How to Enroll in the the On-line CITI Course:
Register through CITI website and then following the appropriate links:

  • Register in CITI if you have not already registered
  • Click “Add a course or update your learner groups”
  • Mark the appropriate boxes including, “Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)”
  • Mark the appropriate boxes including “Engineering”
  • Start the on-line training program by progressing through the various modules

In addition to completing the CITI course, all graduate students (all PhD students and only MS conducting research) are to also register for RST611 through regular course registration so that the course will show up on the appropriate transcript. Undergraduate students should register for RST411 instead of RST611 as the 400 level course is for undergraduates only. The course sections are as follows:

Section Department
1 Biomedical Engineering
2 Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
3 Electrical and Computer Engineering
4 Industrial Engineering
5 Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
If you are a non-engineering major and conducting research through an engineering laboratory, then register through the Departmental manager for the home department corresponding to your research supervisor. Grades for students will be assigned on a pass (satisfactory) and no-pass (unsatisfactory) basis. To get a grade, most departments require that students print out the CITI certificate so that the Department can manually change the grade to pass. For undergraduates in BME, RCR training is covered in the introductory BME course. Check with the BME department to confirm.

Part II: The second part of the training is a classroom workshop/lecture type course. It consists of a total of six hours of in-person training with the instructor, Dr. Reid Cushman, Director of the RCR program. This course includes participation and input from engineering faculty.

Who Needs to Complete the Classroom-Based Course:

  1. All researchers funded on National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants
  2. All researchers involved in biomedical related work

How to Enroll in the Classroom-Based Course:
Please RSVP through the "Scheduled Classes" site. Please provide proof of attendance to Department Administrative Manager (Angie Del-Llano for BME, Maria Aldana for CAE, Daritza Berio Blanco for IE, Ivelisse Reyes Tovar for ECE, and Marisol Pernas for MAE) for the engineering classroom-based course in RCR to receive credit.

All students taking the course are to also register for RST612 (Sections as above, under courses offered by the Graduate School for Fall 2012). All undergraduate students conducting research are to register for RST412 instead of RST612. Also as described above, grades for students will be assigned on a pass (satisfactory) and no-pass (unsatisfactory) basis. Students must participate in all 6 hours of classroom-based training in order to receive a satisfactory for the course. To get a grade, most departments require that the student provide proof of attendance so that the Department can manually change the grade to pass.

Additional information about the University’s RCR program is available through the University’s RCR website. Information is also available through:

  • Your home Department will provide guidance for registration in for RST611/RST411 and RST612/RST412.
  • Your Department Chair or Research Advisor will help you decide if you are to take RST611/RST411 and/or RST612/RST412.
  • For a schedule of “in person” RCR classes please visit RCR Scheduled Classes site.>
  • Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele is also available if additional help is needed.
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