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Oklahoma State University
University Research Compliance

A unit in the Division of the Vice President for Research

Responsible Conduct of Research - Training


Who must complete the RCR training module (and by when)?

Who Condition Timeframe to successfully complete RCR module and provide documentation to department office
All degree-seeking students (undergraduate and graduate)

Funded/employed by an external grant requiring RCR training
OR


Enrolled in a course for which research is an integral element, e.g., honors thesis, master’s thesis (5000), doctoral dissertation (6000)
OR


Conducting activities identified by his/her advisor as involving research

Within 2 calendar months following the effective date of an Employment Action (EA) form

Within 2 calendar months of the course start date

 


Within 2 calendar months following the activity commencing

Graduate students1 All degree-seeking graduate students Prior to the end of the second semester of enrollment
Postdoctoral fellows/associates2   Within 2 calendar months following the effective date of an Employment Action (EA) form

1For graduate students, the Plan of Study form includes a section to verify compliance with the university requirement for training in RCR. Advanced degree students will, in many cases, be required to complete additional, more discipline-specific, RCR training. The scope and extent of the additional required RCR training are at the discretion of the department.
2Postdoctoral fellows/associates will, in many cases, be required to complete additional, more discipline-specific, RCR training. The scope and extent of the additional required RCD training are at the discretion of the department.

What is the department's responsibility and involvement?

  • The department office will maintain documentation certifying the individual’s successful completion of the RCR module.
  • All graduate students should have enrollment holds placed upon them. An advisor may remove the hold upon documented proof of the student having completing the RCR module being placed in the student’s departmental file.
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdoctoral fellows/associates who are supported by external grant funds must successfully complete the RCR modules within 2 calendar months following the effective date of an Employment Action (EA) form. Those who have not will have their employment terminated at the end of the two-calendar-month period. Reinstatement of employment is strictly conditional on satisfactory completion of the module.

Training Course Information

Other Training Opportunities (optional)