Responsible Conduct of Research Plan

Overview: To oversee compliance with Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements and verify that appropriate training has been provided, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), under the auspices of the Office of Academic Affairs at Armstrong State University has adopted the following policy and established minimum RCR training requirements in accordance with the Ethics Policy of the Georgia Board of Regents.

RCR training is required of anyone at Armstrong who works on or is paid from a grant from any federal agency that requires such training (e.g. NSF or other agency). This includes undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, faculty, sub-awardees, sub-contractors, and staff.

All researchers will satisfy this requirement by completing the free CMDITR Ethics RCR Modules at Ethics CORE

You must complete a registration process once you enter the site; the registration link is located at the upper right hand corner of the page. You will need to create a user account then go to the link that says RCR Modules from CMDITR; please register for the group entitled Armstrong CST.  Please email Dr. Brent Feske once you have completed the training so that he can prepare the certificate:

The training takes approximately 2 hours.  The core instruction topics include: Research Misconduct, Data Management, Conflict of Interest, Collaborative Science, Responsible Authorship and Plagiarism, Mentoring, Peer Review.

Compliance Procedures and Verification:

  • Faculty (including PIs, Co-PIs and senior personnel), staff, sub-awardees and students must complete CITI training at least one week prior to beginning any work on the grant.
  • Given the numerous courses available, all personnel being trained should pick the training course specific to their discipline or grant funded area.
  • It is the responsibility of the PI to make sure students and others on the team complete their training.
  • PIs are responsible for collecting the certificates of completion issued electronically by CITI and forwarding them to the Office of Sponsored Programs where they will be filed.
  • The Office of Business and Finance will not create budget strings until the PI completes the required training and is released by OSP.
  • Verification of each individual’s training is necessary before the individual can be added to the payroll.
  • The Office of Academic Affairs will be notified of any faculty, staff, or students who are noncompliant.
  • The Office of Sponsored Programs will assist faculty with identifying other training programs for their discipline or provide workshops to update faculty on RCR policies and compliance.

Certificates of completion are valid for five years.

Note: Researchers from every discipline are expected to have a basic understanding of the ethical principles of research involving humans or animals. However, those researchers whose work specifically involves human subjects are, in addition, required to complete the human subjects training program offered by NIH at:
Researchers working with animals as subjects must also provide assurances that these research animals will be treated properly. They are required to complete the NIH course and submit a copy of the completion certificate along with the grant application. The NIH Animal Care and Use training is available at:


Helpful Links:

What is Responsible Conduct in Research? A good definition is found here:

University System of Georgia (USG) Ethics Policy

Georgia Board of Regents Policy Manual, Intellectual Property, Section 6.3

Office of Research Integrity

American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Statement on professional ethics

NSF Research Misconduct Guidelines

Armstrong Faculty Handbook