Responsible Conduct in Research

Responsible conduct in research (RCR) online training:

Roanoke College RCR Training Plan:

Faculty Principal Investigators (PIs) have the primary responsibility for supervising students involved in their research.

RCR training is required for all undergraduates receiving wages (or working as volunteers), receiving academic credit for participating in research, or conducting other research as a Roanoke College student. Training must be completed prior to the undergraduate beginning work on the funded research project. RCR training will be documented by submitting an NIH or CITI training completion certificate. This RCR documentation will be maintained by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment.  At a minimum, RCR training will include the following components:

  • Conflict of interest:  personal, professional, and financial
  • Policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research and safe laboratory practices
  • Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  • Collaborative research including collaborations with industry
  • Peer review
  • Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
  • Research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct (please see Roanoke College's policy)
  • Responsible authorship and publication
  • The scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research.

Both the on-line training certificate program from CITI and from NIH are available to faculty and students at no cost.  Completing either online module and submitting a completed training certificate will satisfy the RCR requirement.  

Each student must successfully complete the appropriate CITI or NIH module of RCR training. This requirement can be waived for students who have successfully completed an RCR workshop at another institution designed to satisfy NSF's training requirement or other comparable training. Successful completion will be documented by attaching to the RCR form a certificate generated by the online training program or by other documentation.

Faculty will certify on the RCR form that the student has received RCR training appropriate to the research and discipline.

Faculty working on NIH funded grants must also provide a minimum of eight contact hours of face-to-face training between faculty and students.

The Dean of the College may amend this plan at any time after consultation with the office of Academic Grants and Foundation Relations (AGFR) and the Director of Student/Faculty Research.  Details of any amended plan will be sent to all faculty with federally funded grants and will be posted on the AGFR website.  At a minimum, the plan will be reviewed and updated annually, no later than July 1 of each year.

To access the training module, please go to:

Please contact Dr. Ryan Otto, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment, (504-375-5249; otto@roanoke.edu) if you encounter any problems.