RCR Education and Training at UO

At the University of Oregon, departments, schools, and colleges contribute important pieces of RCR education. Research Compliance Services works with faculty and departments on RCR resource material and as needed on the development of appropriate RCR curriculum.

For information or assistance regarding RCR education and training, please contact Research Compliance Services at 541-346-2510 or researchcompliance@uoregon.edu.

UO COURSES

Some individual schools and departments offer or plan to offer classroom based courses that incorporate RCR topics, including the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Human Physiology.

If you would like assistance in determining whether your department offers an RCR course, or in developing an RCR course for your department, please contact Research Compliance Services at 541-346-2510 or researchcompliance@uoregon.edu.

ONLINE INSTRUCTION

The University of Oregon offers on-line RCR training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) as an option for individuals requiring RCR training. CITI also provides training in the protection of human subjects in research to meet IRB training requirements. (Which course should I take?)

Learners must complete a set of required modules on RCR topics, in one of four disciplinary tracks: Arts and Humanities, Biomedical, Physical Science, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Each disciplinary track contains two level options: undergraduate students, and graduate students or post-doctoral researchers. The minimum aggregate score for satisfactory completion of the RCR modules is 80%.

Instructions for Registering and Completing CITI RCR training:

  • Go to the CITI website
  • New Users: Click on the “New Users Register Here” link.
    • From the “Participating Institutions” drop-down menu, select “University of Oregon” as your institution.
    • Create your username, password and security question and answer.
    • Enter your contact information.
    • Select a curriculum. To enroll in an RCR course, select “Responsible Conduct of Research” as the type of training you wish to enroll in. On the next screen, select the RCR course most appropriate to your research discipline and your status at the University (undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral researcher). If you have any questions regarding which course you should take, please contact the Principal Investigator for guidance.
  • Returning Users: If you have previously created a CITI account (e.g. for human subjects research training), log in to your account and select “Add a course or update your learner groups” from the main menu page. Select the RCR course most appropriate to your research discipline and your status at the University.
  • To complete the course, you must complete all required modules and quizzes, achieving a minimum passing score of 80%. A quiz can be taken more than once to achieve this minimum score. You are not required to complete the course in one sitting. Your progress will be saved if you choose to stop the course and return at a later time.
  • When you complete all required modules successfully, you may print or download your completion report. A copy will be sent automatically to Research Compliance Services. You may also wish to send a copy of your completion report to your Principal Investigator. You can return to the CITI site at any time to obtain a copy of the completion report.

Which CITI course should I take?

CITI provides two different types of training for UO personnel: training in the protection of human subjects in research, and training in RCR. You may be required to complete one or both of these courses.

  • If you are you a faculty or student investigator or research team member conducting human subjects research, you must complete the ‘Protection of Human Research Subjects’ course in order to submit a research protocol to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or be listed as part of the research team. For more information, please visit RCS's page on the Human Subjects Education Requirement.
  • If you are a student or post-doctoral researcher paid from an NSF grant, or are a trainee/fellow/participant/scholar receiving support through an NIH training award, career development award, research education grant, or dissertation research grant, you may be required to complete the RCR course. Your Principal Investigator can advise you whether or not you should complete the RCR course. The RCR course does NOT fulfill IRB training requirements for human subjects research.

If you have any questions regarding which course you should take, please contact the Principal Investigator for guidance.