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 Brown Bag Sessions at CMU

The CMU Office of Research Integrity and Compliance office is sponsoring an education program titled "Responsible Conduct of Research Brown Bag Sessions."  The sessions are 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 2016 RCR Brown Bag sessions 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.  Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to the sessions.

The schedule for spring 2016 is as follows:


Topic and Presenter

Wednesday,      February 24, 2016

Overview and Open Q & A with the IRB, facilitated by John Zimmerman, PhD, IRB Chair and Associate Professor, HCII and Design

In this interactive session, Dr. Zimmerman will provide a brief overview of the IRB and then open the floor for broad discussion and Q & A regarding what constitutes human subject research at CMU.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask specific research-related questions.

Wednesday,      March 23, 2016

Human Behavior Monitoring, presented by Anind Dey, PhD, Director and Professor, HCII

Dr. Dey will discuss his ongoing projects involving use of commercial mobile phones, wearable fitness trackers and objects used daily in our homes to collect data on human behavior.  He will also discuss why collecting this data is valuable to researchers and perceived privacy risks to individuals.

Wednesday,      March 30, 2016

Export Control Update: Changes to OFAC Regulations and Sanctions, presented by Brad Krugel, Export Compliance Manager, Office of Research Integrity and Compliance 

Brad will discuss recent changes to OFAC regulations and sanctions programs that may affect research at CMU.

Wednesday,         April 20, 2016

Intellectual Property at CMU, presented by Julia Sobol and John Porco, Contracts Officers, Office of Sponsored Programs

Julia and John will discuss the ownership and disposition of intellectual property at CMU relating, but not limited to trademarks, copyrights, inventions, and other tangible forms of research.

Wednesday,         April 27, 2016

Data Management Planning, presented by Lisa Zilinski, Data Services Librarian, University Libraries

Need to create a robust data management plan? In this session, Lisa will discuss best practices and tools to most efficiently manage, share, and reuse your research data.


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