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Research Integrity Officer (RIO)


What is RCR training?

RCR -- the Responsible Conduct of Research -- is "the practice of scientific investigation with integrity" and "involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research" ( Subjects included within RCR training include:

  • Peer review
  • Publication practices & responsible authorship
  • Data acquisition and laboratory tools, management, sharing & ownership
  • Mentoring
  • Conflict of interest
  • Collaborative research
  • Protection of human and animal subjects
  • Conflict resolution
  • Research misconduct and the handling of misconduct
  • Scientific responsibility, ethical issuesin research, and impact of research

For whom is training required?

Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research is required for all members of the CUNY who are actively engaging in research. For the purposes of this policy, research is defined as "a systematic investigation, including development, testing, and evaluation, that is designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.” CUNY faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students involved in research are subjected to this policy, regardless of whether the research activities are supported by internal or external funding. The policy also applies to members of administration whose research activities are intended to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. If you are unsure about whether your work meets the definition of research, please contact the RIO who can assist you in making this determination. Some types of investigations, like oral history projects, do not meet the definition of research.

What type of training do I need?

Faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students who are engaged in research must complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative’s (CITI) on-line training in RCR within six weeks of initiating their research activities. CITI certificates should be saved in the following format: “Last name, First name” and sent to Note that the CITI RCR training modules do not need to be completed in one sitting. The program will save your work so that you can stop and start as needed. For instructions on how to access the RCR training modules, please see the attached document or watch the video tutorial.

Post-doctoral fellows must attend an in person RCR training workshop within 12 months of completing the on-line training. Post-docs should plan to enroll in the biannual workshop offered at the Graduate Center. The date, time, and registration instructions for the Graduate Center workshop can be found on our Workshop Schedule webpage.

Graduate students must attend either the biannual workshop offered at the Graduate Center OR a Baruch College RCR training workshop at least once during their tenure as graduate students.

Undergraduate students engaged in research must attend at least one Baruch College RCR training workshop.

How is my RCR training documented?

The RIO is responsible for maintaining an updated documentation of RCR training for the Baruch College research community. For this reason, it is extremely important that you forward your RCR training certificate to the RIO assistant ( and complete sign-in sheets at the workshops. Note that the RCR training certificate expires 4 years after its initial completion. Thereafter, you will need to take the RCR refresher course.

As a faculty mentor, what can I do to ensure that my students and post-docs are receiving adequate training in the responsible conduct of research?

First, ensure that all members of your research team have completed the on-line CITI training modules in RCR. Note that RCR modules are different from the HSR modules and result in a separate completion certificate. Second, ensure that your students and postdocs are aware of the RCR requirements and plan to attend a workshop within 6 weeks of initiating research or as soon as another workshop is available. Finally, raise issues related to scientific integrity with your students during laboratory interactions and informal discussions throughout the academic year. RCR training is an integral part of the mentoring process that involves ongoing dialogue between a faculty member and members of his or her research team. For a list of resources to assist in training students in the responsible conduct of research, go to and click on RCR resources in the dropdown menu.

Where can I obtain more information about CUNY policies in RCR?

For additional information, please visit CUNY's website on Research Compliance.

Instructions for completing the CITI RCR Training Modules

The RCR modules from CITI are now included in the CUNY subscription to RCR, there is no longer a need to enter the site through public access, rather you should enter through the CITI home page.  Please note the following:

  • If you are already registered for CITI HSR training modules, but have not yet started any RCR modules, please use the same username and password to enter the CITI site.
  • If you have not yet accessed any CITI modules then you need to create a username and password to access RCR training modules (or HSR training modules).
  • If you have taken, or started to take, RCR modules through the CITI public access site then you need to log in under the same username and password you used on the public access site and click “affiliate with another institution."  Then look for The City University of New York in the list of institutions and select.
  • If you have created 2 separate usernames and passwords to access HSR modules and RCR modules – your history will not automatically be merged. However, if you wish to have it merged you can contact CITI directly and make a request.

Once you have been able to log on to CITI. Next click "Add a course or update your learner groups" where you will then be provided with several options. Click on the first option entitled "Take the Responsible Conduct of Research course."

You will then find the following user groups: CUNY Researchers and CUNY administrators. Click on CUNY Researchers. Complete the 10 modules with a pass rate of 80% or above.

For detailed instructions on how to access the RCR training modules, please see the attached document.


Last updated February, 2019