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, as of February 8, 2021, OUHSC now requires all individuals who conduct or oversee research, or who are eligible to conduct research or oversee research - including managing research accounts (administrative and/or financial aspects) to complete a required training course on the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). All categories of individuals at OUHSC are included in this requirement (faculty, staff, students, residents, postdocs etc). This requirement is in addition to any other RCR training that individuals may have taken to date, and is separate from any academic program requirements for students or Postdoctoral Fellows. Please contact your supervisor or departmental business manager if you have questions regarding whether you must complete the Research Integrity training.

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 Required Course: "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)" - CITI Program

This course provides an in-depth overview of core RCR topics including data management, authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, human subjects, financial responsibility, research misconduct and more. Case studies and video examples are used to supplement key concepts. Each module of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course consists of an introduction, basic foundation text, embedded case studies, and quiz questions.

The "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)" course has 13 modules that can be completed individually as schedules allow; it is estimated each module will take 20 minutes to complete and each module quiz must be passed with a score of at least 80% (can be repeated until desired score is achieved). Once all 13 modules have been completed, a certificate of completion will be issued for the course.

* Please note: The "Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)" course is different from other CITI course(s) required by the Office of Human Research Participant Protection for IRB protocols.

Frequency of Training

Research Integrity 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. Continuing education in the responsible conduct of research is critical for maintaining the ethics and standards of research integrity.

The required Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course from CITI Program will be valid at OUHSC for four years from the date of completion and after four years, the course will expire. CITI Program will send an email to notify users that the course is due to expire, and CITI Program will automatically enroll you in the required Refresher course; the Refresher course will automatically show up in your “Courses ready to begin” section within your CITI Program dashboard online.

Training Notifications

Provost Sanders notified the OUHSC campus on February 8, 2021, of the new Research Integrity Office and of the new mandatory Research Integrity training requirement. Anyone with an OUHSC email address can go directly to the CITI Program website, affiliate with OUHSC and then add the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course and take the training. However, the current workflow is that each department/division is responsible for assigning Research Integrity Training (by ePAF) to individuals in their unit whose duties fit the guidelines. Once the Research Integrity Office receives the training assignment from the department, an email is sent to the individual notifying them of the training assignment and providing instructions on how to access the course and timeline for completion. Course expiration notifications and Refresher course enrollment notifications will be sent via email to individuals automatically by CITI Program.


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Access to Course and Monitoring Course Completion


  • 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.
  • You can always contact the OUHSC Research Integrity Office for assistance: ResearchIntegrity@ouhsc.edu or 405-271-7755


The OUHSC Research Integrity Office will track course completion of OUHSC employees through the CITI Program website directly, so once you complete the 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 Research Integrity Office:
ResearchIntegrity@ouhsc.edu or 405-271-7755


Related Policies and Resources

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


Research Integrity Office (under the Office of the Vice President for Research)
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
865 Research Parkway, Suite 220
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: 405-271-7755
Email: ResearchIntegrity@ouhsc.edu