Responsible Conduct of Research

As a national flagship public research university, The Ohio State University is privileged and compelled to model the highest standards of research integrity. To affirm our commitment, Ohio State is now requiring everyone who is eligible to conduct research to be trained in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). As a first step, all research eligible individuals must take the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute “CITI” RCR course. This requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that you may have taken to date.

PLEASE NOTE:  Beginning September 2018, all faculty, staff and students who have not yet completed RCR training, continued access to certain university systems and processes related to research will be suspended until RCR training is completed. This includes, but is not limited to, submission of IBC, IRB, and IACUC protocols and amendments; new project award set-up; project amendment processing and access to certain internal funding programs.


About the CITI RCR Course

There are several discipline-specific courses available to choose from. Each discipline-specific course consists of an introduction, basic foundation text, embedded case studies, and quiz questions. For more information about the different courses available please see the RCR FAQs.

Choose from the following discipline-specific courses:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Social and Behavioral Research
  • Physical Sciences 
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Research Administrators

Review of the required materials and completion of the quizzes will take about 30-35 minutes per topic. Courses do not have to be completed in one session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the RCR course. CITI allows you to retake the quizzes if you do not obtain the minimum score required to pass the course.

Access and Course Completion

Click here for RCR CITI Access Instructions on how to access the CITI RCR courses.

  • If you are having technical issues accessing the CITI application or logging in, technical assistance is available at ORIS Help Desk.
  • If you are having issues taking the CITI RCR course, help is available by e-mail:
  • If you have questions about accessibility or wish to request an accommodation, please contact Accessibility issues can usually be resolved within one week.

If you desire, you may print and retain a copy of the completion report for your records. You do not need to do that unless required by your program, department, college or the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Policies and Resources

The following are university policies and resources relating to the responsible conduct of research.