Training-Office of Research Integrity and Compliance - Carnegie Mellon University


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Education

A number of avenues exist at CMU for formal learning about ethical conduct of research and the standards within this research community.  Education has long been required for individuals participating in Human Subject research and Animal research at CMU.  Research ethics is addressed at Graduate Student orientation, some other orientation programs and in some classes. On-line education focused on Responsible Conduct of Research is available via CITI

Typically RCR education addresses the following topics:

  • Data Acquisition and Management - collection, accuracy, security, access
  • Authorship and Publication
  • Peer Review
  • Mentor / Trainee Responsibilities
  • Collaboration
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Research Misconduct
  • Human Subject Research
  • Use of Animals in Research

CITI On-line RCR Education 

To complete the CITI on-line education  

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Log in via SSO
  3. Select Carnegie Mellon University
  4. Log in with your AndrewID/Password

All CMU employees and students have a CMU issued Andrew ID and should use Single Sign-On (SSO) to ensure that the course record is linked to your CMU activity.  If you've used CITI prior to CMU having SSO, please check your CITI account and confirm that your CMU email address ( and your first and last name (per your official CMU record) are part of your CITI profile. This allows your previous CITI records to be matched with your current CITI and CMU activity.  

If you have trouble logging into CITI contact the CITI helpdesk. 

Select Curriculum

Once your registration is complete, you will be directed to "select your curriculum". For purposes of meeting the NSF requirement click "I do not need to take human subject research courses at this time",  "I do not need to take Animal Care and Use courses at this time", and  "I do not need to take the Export Control course at this time". 

Choose the Responsible Conduct of Research module most appropriate to the type of research you conduct (undergraduate, biomedical, social and behavioral, physical science, humanities, administrators, or engineering).

Complete the course

The course may take a few hours to complete but can be done over a period of time.  When you complete the course, CITI will e-mail your completion record to the CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance.  You may want to print a copy of the Completion Certificate for your records

RCR Seminar Series at CMU

The CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance office is sponsoring an education program titled "Responsible Conduct of Research Seminar Series."  The series is intended to provide participants with an introduction to the topics typically included in RCR curriculum.  The sessions are part lecture and part discussion of case studies.  Group discussion is intended to help participants understand the complexity of these issues.

Registration for the spring 2015 RCR Seminar Series is required.  Interested individuals may register for a single session or multiple sessions. If you have questions about RCR education, contact the Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at 412-268-7166.

Sessions for the Fall 2015 semester will be announced soon.

The schedule for spring 2015 is as follows:


Topic and Presenter

TUESDAY,      February 24, 2015 Using the IRB and Ethical Issues with Research Involving Human Subjects, presented by John Zimmerman, IRB Chair and Associate Professor, HCII and Design Rangos 3
Wednesday,      March 4, 2015

Overview of Research Compliance, presented by Ann Mathias, Assistant Vice President of Research, Brad Krugel, Export Compliance Manager, and Stacey Becker, Research Compliance Coordinator, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance

Wednesday,      March 18, 2015 Data Management, presented by Matt Marsteller, Head Librarian, Engineering & Science, and Lisa Zilinski, Data Services Librarian, University Libraries Connan
Wednesday,      March 25, 2015

Data Security, presented by Allison MacFarlan, Senior Information Security Risk Analyst, Information Security Office

Rangos 3
Wednesday,         April 1, 2015
Safeguarding Your Writing: Fair Use and Proper Attribution, presented by Ethan Pullman, Humanities Librarian, University Libraries Rangos 3
**Wednesday,     April 8, 2015, 1-3 PM
Intellectual Property at CMU, presented by Lynn Young, Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs Connan
Wednesday,         April 22, 2015
Human Subject Research Best Practices, presented by Vanessa Veltre, Program Manager, Mandy Holbrook, Research Associate, SDS, and Erin Donahoe, Research Requirement Administrator/Graduate Program Coordinator, Psychology Rangos 2


May 1, 2015, 1-3 PM

Export Control Topics and Fundamental Research, Kevin King, Partner at Cooley LLP returns to present on relevant areas of export compliance McKenna/Peter/Wright

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