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Responsible Conduct of Research Policy

The university has adopted a new policy regarding Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) requirements for sponsored researchers. Federal regulations require researchers supported by a funding agency to complete RCR training. In order to ensure that RCR requirements have been fulfilled, all IIT-sponsored projects regardless of funding source must follow the university policy. IIT's RCR policy comprises three distinct parts: (1) completing one RCR training course through CITI; (2) attending at least one in-person RCR lecture/workshop; and (3) face-to-face RCR instruction led by the faculty investigator for the project. See below for specific information and resources regarding each part of the RCR policy.

IIT Policy on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Part One

All researchers supported by an IIT-sponsored project regardless of funding source must complete one RCR training course through CITI. Completion is required within 60 days from the date in which the researcher joins the project. CITI offers several RCR modules targeted for specific areas within the research community.

Researchers may select any RCR course available in CITI: Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research, Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research, Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research, Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research, Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers, Responsible Conduct of Research for Administrators. Instructions for establishing an account are included below this policy.

part two

On-going lectures and workshops covering topics in ethical research with a focus on RCR themes will be offered. All researchers on an IIT-sponsored projected must attend at least one lecture or workshop. Check the Office of Research Compliance website below for upcoming lectures and workshops.

Upcoming Lectures and Workshops

Lecture/Workshop Information Date Time
Guest Lecture: Responsible Publication Practices Friday, April 5 2:00pm
Faculty RCR Panel TBD: Fall 2019 TBD

Part Three (Faculty investigators only)

Faculty who serve as Principal Investigators (PI's) are required to document RCR instruction. The instruction should be on-going and targeted to the specific research aims of the project. Documentation of RCR instruction must be available upon request by the Office of Research Compliance.

CITI Registration Information

New CITI Registrants

If you do not have an account with CITI, follow these steps to establish one affiliated with the university:

  1. Register your account with CITI. Type "Illinois Institute of Technology" under "Select Your Organization Affiliation." Agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, and affirm your affiliation. Click Continue To Create Your CITI Program Username/Password.
  2. Enter your personal information. Click Continue To Step 3. NOTE: You must use your university e-mail address (U-ID) so that your training may be matched with your university records.
  3. Enter your university ID (U-ID) in the User Name column. Establish a Password and Security Question. Click Continue To Step 4.
  4. Enter "USA" under Country of Residence. Click Continue To Step 5.
  5. Select all appropriate options under each question prompt. Click Continue To Step 6.
  6. Enter the required information for Illinois Institute of Technology. Click Continue To Step 7. NOTE: You must enter your institutional e-mail address in the appropriate field. Your training certification may not be matched with your university records if you do not enter your institutional e-mail address.
  7. Question 3 allows you to select which RCR training course pertains to your research. Select one of the available courses to add RCR training to your profile.
  8. Select appropriate responses for all additional questions that pertain to your research. When finished, select Complete Registration.

Once you have established an account, you may complete the RCR training course selected in Question 3. Retain a copy of your completion record upon successful completion of each course.

Returning CITI Registrants

If you already have an account, follow the steps below to complete RCR training:

  1. Login to CITI using your credentials. NOTE: IIT does not retain CITI user credentials. Contact CITI for assistance with forgotten usernames and/or passwords.
  2. Click Main Menu/My Courses.
  3. Click Illinois Institute of Technology Courses to expand the list of available courses.
  4. If you have already added one of the available RCR training courses to your profile, select the course from the list and complete all of the modules. If you do not have any RCR training courses listed, click Add a Course under "My Learner Tools for Illinois Institute of Technology." Select one of the available RCR training course under Question 3, then click Submit. Then, select the course from Illinois Institute of Technology Courses and complete all of the modules.

Retain a copy of your completion record upon successful completion of each course.

Previous Training

If RCR training was completed at another institution, please send a PDF of the training certificate to to determine whether it meets RCR requirements.

RCR Resources

Students and faculty may reference the resources below to craft RCR instruction to their specific research goals.