University Implementation Plan
The University plan requires that all federally funded students and post-doctoral researchers receive RCR training. In some cases—e.g., undergraduate researchers, visiting student research collaborators (VSRCs), and short-term visiting researchers—training by online means (such as an appropriate CITI module) is acceptable.
The University plan assumes and expects that all graduate students in the divisions of the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, who conduct research as part of their doctoral or research master’s education, receive RCR instruction. Post-doctoral researchers in the divisions of the social sciences, natural sciences and engineering are expected to receive RCR instruction by means of a course or online training as specified by the department.
In some circumstances, students and post-doctoral researchers may present documentary evidence (e.g., certificate of completion or copy of an undergraduate or graduate transcript showing successful completion of an RCR course), for review and approval by the relevant office to demonstrate satisfactory RCR training in fulfillment of the University requirement. See Oversight section below for specification of relevant office(s).