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Responsible Conduct In Research

What is Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR)?

The federal government now requires that grantees and sub grantees of their funds receive training in Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR). The National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Health and Human Resources are the first to comply with all other federal agencies to follow.

Definition of Research Misconduct1

Research misconduct means fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.

(a) Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.

(b) Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.

(c) Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.

(d) Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.
1From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity web site

How Will RCR be Implemented at Columbus State?

RCR training and compliance will be the standard for all grant-funded programs (federal and non-federal funds).

Training in RCR will be required of all Project Coordinators of grants (regardless of job classification) and their Cost Center Managers as well as Deans, and Cabinet members.

Staff in the Grants Office, Fiscal and Compliance Services, and other departments that contribute to grants administration will be trained in RCR.

Job descriptions for grant-funded employees will include the following language: Licensure or Certification Requirements: Complete CSCC training in Responsible Conduct in Research or provide evidence of satisfactory completion of previous training.

Training will be provided online through CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) at no charge to CSCC employees.

Verification of training will be automatically provided to the Grants Office by CITI.

How Do I Get Started?

The Grants Office will e-mail all those who need to take the RCR training and indicate what specific course each should take.

Upon receipt of the e-mail, go to the CITI site and register. If registered in CITI, log-in.

Click on New Users Register Here and follow the directions to set-up a username and password.

When asked, what is your role? from the pull-down field, choose Research Administrator.

When asked, what course do you plan to take? from the pull-down field, choose Responsible Conduct in Research.

Proceed to the Learner Menu.

Course Selection:

For RCR, two different courses are offered. [Important: Be sure to take the course named in the e-mail you received from the Grants Office.]

Read the modules and take the quizzes. It will take 5-6 hours to complete the courses; stop and re-enter the site as needed.

CITI will automatically send notification of training completion to the Grants Office.

The Grants Office will track and document course completion to ensure that all take the required training within thirty business days of notification.

The Grants Office will permit a five business day extension for training upon written request (e-mail is acceptable).

Appropriate supervisors will be notified when training requirements are not met.