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 course go to CITI's website.  

Create an account

If you are new to CITI, select Carnegie Mellon University as your "participating institution" and create an account.  Please be sure to use your name as it is in CMU's payroll, your CMU e-mail address and list your CMU department.

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 fall 2014 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.

All sessions for the fall 2014 semester are from 12 - 1 pm in the CUC, except where noted.

The current schedule for fall 2014 is as follows:


Topic and Presenter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 Export Control Basics, presented by Brad Krugel, Export Compliance Manager, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance McKenna/Peter
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Conflict of Interest, presented by Stacey Becker, Research Compliance Coordinator, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance

Wednesday,     October 8, 2014 at 11:30 am
Export Controls and Fundamental Research, presented by special guest speaker Kevin King of Cooley LLP Connan
Wednesday,   October 22, 2014

Research Misconduct Lessons, presented by Ann Mathias, Assistant Vice President of Research, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance

Wednesday,    October 29, 2014
Using the IRB and Ethical Issues with Research Involving Human Subjects, presented by John Zimmerman, IRB Chair and Associate Professor, HCII and Design McKenna/Peter
TUESDAY,    November 4, 2014
International Research Considerations: Shipping and Setting Up a New Lab, presented by Shoba Subramanian, Assistant Teaching Professor, Biological Sciences Rangos 3
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Data Security, presented by Allison MacFarlan, Senior Information Security Risk Analyst, Information Security Office McKenna/Peter
CANCELLED! Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Lab Safety, presented by EH&S Peter/Wright

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