Responsible Conduct of Research Training

All students and faculty principal investigators (PI) and co-investigators, whose research is being funded by NSF, NIH, or USDA, are required to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research Training (RCR) prior to submitting application to the Human Subjects Review Committee (IRB).  Andrews University Compliance Office use the Ethics CORE web-based training modules to satisfy the requirement for AU researchers.


Beginning January 1, 2014, all students involved in sponsored research are required to complete the tutorial training in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) available at http://nationalethicscenter.org.  It is currently required for Honors students and students involved with NSF funded research, this requirement will be extended to students receiving support through internal Faculty Research Grants, Undergraduate Research Scholar awards, and Graduate Research Assistantships, as well as externally funded research.

Registering for and completing the RCR tutorial

Follow the steps below:

1.     Go to http://nationalethicscenter.org

2.     Register an account.

3.     Under the “RCR Modules from CMDITR” tab, select “RCR User account registration”

4.     Select “Andrews University” from the dropdown.

5.     Complete the tutorial

If you need to pause and come back, you can always re-visit the site, select the “continue Tutorials” option, and pick up form where you left.  When you have successfully completed the Online Ethics Tutorials, our office will be able to see a record of your completion.




The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), has released two interactive videos; “The Lab” and “The Research Clinic.”   Watch both videos.  We are using these videos for training purposes.  When the videos are watched as a class project they will be accepted as a fulfillment of the RCR training requirement.  Click on the respective links of these videos to continue with the training.  


“THE LAB” Avoiding Research Misconduct interactive video focuses on biomedical research and aims at reducing research misconduct.   


The Research Clinic is a new web-based interactive training video aimed at teaching clinical and social researchers how to better protect research subjects and avoid research misconduct in clinical research.

The Research Clinic video lets the viewer assume the role of one of four characters and determine the outcome of the storyline by selecting decision-making choices for each playable character.  The characters are:

·               A principal investigator (PI), a busy oncologist who must balance doing what he thinks is best for his patients and his research;

·               A clinical research coordinator, an overworked nurse who works for a PI  who pressures her to falsify data and violate  study protocols;

·               A research assistant who has difficulties obtaining informed consent and following research protocols; and

·               An Institutional Review Board (IRB) chair who is tasked with ensuring that research subjects and the integrity of the research enterprise are protected while dealing with a culture resistant to change. 

The viewer is presented with various scenarios. For each scenario, the viewer is asked to choose from among courses of action, each of which leads to a different outcome. The video can be used to teach researchers how to avoid research misconduct and violating regulations enacted to protect human subjects in research studies.

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