Responsible Conduct of Research

Verra NgwaBackground

Federal regulations define research misconduct as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.” Faculty, staff, and students of KSU are expected to conform to the highest ethical and legal standards in research and creative activities. The scholarly misconduct policy is located in the KSU University Handbook.

KSU Policy on RCR Training for Students Paid with NSF Funds

KSU students (undergraduate and Graduate) must complete the CITI online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training for their respective discipline. The PI needs to attach the curriculum completion report to the hiring paperwork and submit the package to the Office of Research at The Office of Research will approve and forward the paperwork to HR. No student will be approved for hire without verification of this training. In addition to this online training, students will complete a face-to-face training segment with the faculty member under whose direction they are conducting research. Office of Research staff will work with the faculty member on this segment. Possibilities include having students read On Being a Scientist or The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and then discuss the reading with their faculty member. Office of Research staff will follow-up with the faculty member on this face-to-face training.

  1. Begin CITI online training
  2. Register to become a New User
  3. Select "Kennesaw State University" under the Participating Institutions tab.
  4. Create a username, password, security question and enter your name and e-mail address.
  5. Select "No" for requesting CME/CEU credits for the course(s) you are about to complete.
  6. Professional Certifications are not required for the Responsible Conduct of Research training modules.
  7. Under Course Registration, select “Responsible Conduct of Research” course.
  8. If you are not conducting research on Animals, you may omit question #3 on the curriculum page.
  9. When you have completed the registration, the courses that you selected should be listed under the "My Courses" banner.
  10. You may start and stop the course at any time and your progress will be saved.
  11. To complete an Responsible Conduct of Research training module, you must score an aggregate 80% or higher on the quizzes.
  12. Make sure to print your Responsible Conduct of Research Curriculum Completion Report when finished and give a copy of it to your faculty member.