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Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR Training

Online training for Responsible Conduct of Research includes Financial Conflict of Interest training and is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. This training is mandatory for all K-State personnel involved in research activities.

Compliance training must be updated every three years. Check CITI training due dates through your CITI account, or verify pre-CITI training by calling or emailing our office. Pre-CITI training is honored until expiration.

How to complete CITI training:

Visit www.citiprogram.org

New Users
  1. Under "Create an account," choose "Register"
  2. Select "Kansas State University" for your Organization Affiliation.
  3. Enter your name and email address.  Use your K-state email as your primary email address. Enter a secondary email address.
  4. Create your username and password (not case sensitive), then enter optional demographic information.
  5. CITI offers an option for learners to receive Continuing Education credits for a fee. If you are interested in paying for CE credits, select yes when asked, otherwise, select no.
  6. After completing all requested information on the next page (contact information, research role, eID, etc.), you will arrive at a page that asks about research activities.
  7. Answer Question 4:  Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).
  8. Checking this box will automatically enter you into the RCR course.
  9. When you click "Submit" you will be brought to your "Main Menu" which will contain your required courses under "Kansas State University Courses."
  10. Complete all required modules. Prior to each course, CITI will prompt you to answer whether you’d like to complete a pre-course assessment (optional), and an Integrity Assurance Statement (required).
  11. If you prefer a visual demonstration of these instructions, see CITI’s instructions for New Learner Account Registration.   
Previous users
If you have accessed CITI in "demo" mode, or have previously used CITI at another institution, use the following instructions:
  1. Login with your username and password.
  2. Once you reach your "Main Menu," select, "Click here to affiliate with another institution," then choose "Kansas State University" for your Organization Affiliation.
  3. Follow steps 6 through 11 above.
Other (optional) training resources for Conflict of Interest

In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses Responsible Conduct of Research topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices.