Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Each member of the university community has a responsibility to create and foster an environment promoting intellectual honesty and the highest standards of academic integrity. This includes attributing appropriate credit for work that is not your own, communicating responsibilities clearly to collaborators, practicing accurate and unbiased data collection, and being a good role model to other members of the research team.

Research misconduct constitutes unacceptable personal conduct with respect to scholarship and research. Disdain for misconduct in any aspect of research or scholarly endeavor must be upheld, as misconduct in any form is destructive of the standards the university attempts to instill in its students, the public perception of academia and academic disciplines, and the financial support of the government and other sponsors for scholarship and research.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requires education in the conduct of RCR for all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows funded by NSF awards (2007 America COMPETES Act; Federal Register of 08/20/2009).  The University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers multiple options to fulfill the requirements for the RCR training.  A passing grade in any of the following courses will satisfy the RCR training requirement:

Approved UNC Charlotte Research Ethics Courses
  • PHIL 6240/8240, GRAD 6240/8240:  Research Ethics in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences
  • GRAD 6002/8002, GRAD 6302/8302:  Responsible Conduct of Research
  • BIOL 6260/8260Careers in Bioscience: Professional Development and Responsible Conduct
  • SPED 8671:  Doctoral Seminar in Special Education Research
  • PPOL 8602Research Design in Public Policy
  • PSYC 6107/8107Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology
  • RSCH 8210Applied Research Methods
Online CITI Training
  • Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research Course
  • Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers
  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course
To add an RCR course to your CITI curriculum, follow these steps:
  1. Register for a CITI account:
    1. On the main CITI page, click “Register” to create an account.
    2. Enter “University of North Carolina at Charlotte” for your Organization, then complete the guided registration process.  Note for individuals who used CITI training at other institutions:  You may log into your account from your prior institution and in your main screen choose “Add Affiliation.”  Select “University of North Carolina at Charlotte” and complete any other required information when prompted.
  2. Log into your CITI Program account.
  3. Scroll to “Institutional Courses.”  Select “View Courses” beside the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
  4. Scroll down to “Learner Tools for University of North Carolina at Charlotte.”  Click “Add a Course.”
  5. A series of questions will appear.  Skip Questions 1-5.  For Question 6 “Responsible Conduct of Research (Not for IRB purposes),” select the course that most closely matches your discipline.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “Submit.”
  6. The RCR course will be added to your “Institutional Courses” page.

For CITI-related questions, contact Mary Tomida in the Office of Research Protections and Integrity.