Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
About the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
The Graduate Center is committed to the ethical conduct of research and provides training and guidance to support this practice.
The National Science Foundation endorses training that “helps prepare the next generation of researchers, including the consideration of risks or other factors associated with student and postdoctoral researcher participation in research.” The CUNY Policy Regarding the Disposition of Allegations of Misconduct in Research defines research misconduct as: “Fabrication, Falsification, or Plagiarism in proposing or performing research, reviewing research, or in reporting research results.” The Graduate Center’s training on RCR expands on this and includes:
- Fabrication and falsification of data
- Peer review
- Publication practices & responsible authorship
- Data acquisition, management, sharing & ownership
- Conflicts of interest
- Collaborative research
- Protection of human subjects
- Animal welfare
- Export control
The Graduate Center presents comprehensive workshops on RCR once each semester (the spring workshop sponsored by the office of the University Vice Provost for Research).
CUNY subscribes to online RCR training modules offered by CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative), on behalf of the CUNY community on all campuses. CITI instructions and training requirements for CUNY faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and undergraduate and graduate students are available here.
CUNY policy also requires faculty to provide ongoing training to their students in RCR topics specific to their research setting in group discussions or one-on-one consultations.
For more information about CUNY’s Policy on Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research, please click here.
Allegations of research misconduct should be reported to the Graduate Center’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO), Adrienne Klein, at firstname.lastname@example.org.