200-level RCR training for Duke faculty and staff engaged in research

Duke University has implemented our own Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirement for all faculty and staff researchers, overseen by the Advancing Scientific Integrity, Services, and Training (ASIST) team in the Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (DOSI). This requirement covers all faculty and staff researchers, not simply those engaged in human or animal research.

All Duke faculty and staff engaged in research must complete one online self-directed 100-level RCR course and one collaborative 200-level RCR course every three years. Faculty and staff members newly identified as engaging in research must complete either a 100-level or a 200-level course within 90 days of joining the Duke research community. Completion of this initial course starts the three-year renewal clock for both 100-level and 200-level requirements. Faculty and staff engaged in research will receive automated emails reminders when their RCR course due-dates approach, and may check their RCR education progress at any time through the RCR training tracker app or through the "myPortfolio" or "myTraining" widgets in myRESEARCHhome.

Collaborative 200-level RCR courses are designed to engage our community in open, in-person or virtual discussions about RCR topics. Three main options are available for Duke Faculty and Staff to meet the 200-level training requirement.

Attend a Duke RCR Workshop

The RCR workshop calendar  provides a list of all of the workshops organized by ASIST and other Duke offices on campus that are eligible for 200-level RCR credit. We strive to offer a variety of topics at a variety of times to cover the needs of the diverse research happening at Duke. Look for an event that covers an RCR topic that is interesting to you!

Lead an RCR workshop or discussion with your research unit

We also welcome groups to participate in a dedicated discussion with their research unit on the RCR topics most relevant to the group. These events can be formal workshops or smaller discussions. However, they must be approved in advance to be eligible for 200-level RCR credit. Please apply for approval using this form
Please submit the request at least 3 - 4 days prior to your event! Our office cannot guarantee events will be reviewed if submitted with less than 3 - 4 business days lead time. 

The event must contain an interactive discussion component for all attendees, providing attendees with the opportunity to exchange ideas on the presented RCR topic. Discussions must be specifically dedicated to RCR topics, not simply touch on RCR topics as part of a larger discussion. Attendees must participate for at least 60 minutes to be eligible for credit. When possible, we recommend events be more than an hour to allow leeway for individuals who may show up late or leave early.

When considering if a topic is relevant to RCR education, ensure that you can answer yes to all of the following questions:

1. Does learning about this topic promote more ethical research?
2. Does discussion of this topic increase the learner's awareness of research integrity challenges?
3. Are learners receiving information on best practices or approaches to address these challenges?

Visit the RCR Toolbox for resources, guidelines, and information on how to facilitate and lead a workshop or small discussion with your research team dedicated to RCR topics.

Request RCR credit for a Duke event hosted outside of DOSI

If you've attended an event within the past three months that you think could be eligible for 200-level credit, you can submit a self-attest form for approval. This can be a formal workshop organized by a Duke office, or a smaller unit-led discussion. These events must meet the same criteria as all other 200-level RCR events. Credit is conferred manually by our office once the information you submit is reviewed. If we require further information, we will reach out for clarification.

Please reach out to our office at asist@duke.edu if you have a question about one of our events as these do not require a self-attest form for RCR credit.