Undergraduate Student RCR

Conducting research is an amazing opportunity to discover, learn, and observe; and it is also a privilege that comes with great responsibilities to conduct yourself and your research with integrity and honesty. 

All Duke undergraduate students engaged in research are encouraged to complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) CITI online course; undergraduate students supported on a federally sponsored research program are required to complete the RCR CITI online course.  Undergraduate students required to complete the RCR education course will be directly notified by ASIST at the beginning of each academic semester. 

How to Access Duke RCR CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Online Course:

  1. Go to the CITI "login through your organization" web-page
  2. Select "Duke RCR"
  3. Sign-in using your Duke netID and password
  4. Click on the "Add a Course" button and select "Undergraduate Students" to reach the appropriate RCR course

RCR CITI Online Course:

  • You must complete three required modules (Research misconduct; Data management; and Duke specific case study)
  • You must complete one elective module (from three elective module options: Palgiarism; Collaborative research; or Research, ethics, and society)
  • For each required module quiz, you must pass with a score of 80% or higher.  You will have unlimited attempts to reach a passing score.
  • Total estimated time to complete: approximately 1.5-2 hr 

Contact asist@duke.edu with any questions about the Undergraduate Student RCR program or offerings


* Duke encourages undergraduate students engaged in research to broaden their understanding by further discussing these topics with mentors and colleagues, and by participating in research integrity events on campus.  Participation in these workshops provides additional opportunities to interact with faculty and staff, see research in the context of the bigger picture, and learn from each other. Students will also learn about other research projects and potential research and career opportunities.

*Please, note that if your research involves human subjects, vertebrate animals or certain types of hazardous substances or equipment, you may be required to complete additional trainings in ethics and safety.