OUHSC Research Integrity Training

HSC Research Integrity Training

As a comprehensive academic health center with a dedication to excellence in all aspects of research, service, and education, OUHSC is privileged and compelled to model the highest standards of research integrity. To affirm this commitment, OUHSC is now requiring all individuals who conduct or oversee research, or who are eligible to conduct research or oversee research - including managing research accounts, to be trained in the Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) no later than April 5, 2021. Please contact your departmental business manager if you have questions regarding whether you must complete this RCR training. As a first step, all individuals who are eligible to conduct or oversee research activities must take the Collaborative Institutional Training Institute “CITI” RCR course. This requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that you may have taken to date.

Please note that all Graduate College students and Postdoctoral Fellows at OUHSC, as well as all individuals conducting research in HSC labs who are appointed as trainees on NIH, NSF, AHA, or other awards, will have additional training requirements for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Those individuals should contact the Graduate College for more information.

About the CITI RCR Course

This course provides an in-depth review of core RCR topics including authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, human subjects, and research misconduct. Case studies and video examples are used to supplement key concepts. Each module of the Biomedical RCR course consists of an introduction, basic foundation text, embedded case studies, and quiz questions.

There are thirteen required modules in the Biomedical RCR course for OUHSC. Each module will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete, with a quiz at the end of each module. Modules do not have to be completed in one session. A minimum aggregate score of 80% is required to pass the Biomedical RCR course. CITI allows you to retake the quizzes if you do not obtain the minimum score required to pass the course.

Frequency of Training

The Biomedical RCR training is required for all individuals at OUHSC who are eligible to conduct or oversee research activities at least every four years. This timing is modeled on National Institutes of Health (NIH) requirements. The CITI Program RCR Basic course will be valid at OUHSC for four years from the date of completion. After four years, your Basic course will expire and you will be required to take the Biomedical RCR Refresher Course, which will automatically show up in your “Courses ready to begin” section within your CITI dashboard, once you log in. CITI will automatically enroll you. Users will be notified via email when training is due to expire. Continuing education in the responsible conduct of research is critical for maintaining the ethics and standards of research integrity.

Training Notifications

All OUHSC employees will be notified of this training requirement by email from campus leadership in February 2021. Completion of the mandatory Biomedical RCR training is expected by April 5, 2021. Additional notifications will come from the OUHSC Research Integrity Office (ResearchIntegrity@ouhsc.edu) or directly from the CITI Program.




Access to Course and Monitoring Course Completion


Click here for RCR CITI Access Instructions on how to access the CITI RCR courses.

  • If you are having technical issues accessing the CITI application or logging in to the CITI Program website, assistance is available at  support@citiprogram.org.
  • If you have forgotten your CITI Program username or password , use the "Forgot...?" links provided by CITI on the CITI Login page.  Do not create a new account.  
  • If you have questions about accessibility or wish to request an accommodation on the basis of disability, please contact  support@citiprogram.org. Accessibility issues can usually be resolved within 24-48 hrs.


The OUHSC Research Integrity Office will track course completion of OUHSC employees through the CITI Program website directly, so once you complete the Biomedical RCR course, no further action is required to notify the Research Integrity Office. However, you can always print and retain a copy of the completion report for your CV/resume or other records.


*Please direct questions related to this training requirement to the OUHSC Research Integrity Office: ResearchIntegrity@ouhsc.edu


Related Policies and Resources

The following are university policies and resources relating to the responsible conduct of research.