FAQs

1) I am new to Duke. When do I need to complete my first RCR Course?
New faculty and staff engaged in research and starting employment in Duke University School of Medicine are required to complete one RCR course (100 level OR 200 level) within 90 days of joining Duke. 

2) Who is required to participate in the Faculty and Staff RCR program? 
All Duke University School of Medicine faculty and staff engaged in research (i.e., they Design, Conduct, or Report on research projects) are required to participate in the Faculty and Staff RCR Program.  Other populations at Duke, including graduate students and postdoctoral scholars/associates, are REQUIRED to participate in different RCR programs specifically developed for them.  See About RCR@Duke for links to these other Duke RCR programs.

3) I am a Postdoctoral Associate or Postdoctoral Scholar at Duke.  Do I need RCR education? 
Yes.  However, the term Staff* in the School of Medicine Faculty and Staff* RCR Program, does NOT include Postdoctoral Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates.  Postdoctoral Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates are required to take the Postdoctoral RCR training program designed specifically for them and it is offered every fall through the Office of Postdoctoral Services.  RCR compliance for Duke Postdoctoral Scholars and Postdoctoral Associates will be tracked separately by the Office of Postdoctoral Services and there is no further action required on your part to register your postdoctoral RCR participation with the School of Medicine Faculty/Staff RCR program.

4) What is my RCR training requirement? 
The requirements outlined on this website apply to all Duke University School of Medicine faculty and staff engaged in research.  Required persons must complete one online self-directed RCR course every 3 years and one collaborative in-person RCR course every 3 years.

5) Who should I contact with Questions about the RCR program options? 
Contact asist@duke.edu with general questions about the School of Medicine Faculty and Staff RCR program.  Visit the main RCR homepage for updated links and information about RCR education options at Duke University School of Medicine. A list of departmental points-of-contact can be found here. Follow @Duke_OSI on Twitter to read more about current research integrity programs and discussions here at Duke and within the research community at large.

6) How will RCR credit be registered for the Duke Health CITI RCR online course?  
Upon completion of either the Faculty or Staff RCR Duke CITI course (i.e. an individual has achieved an 80% score or higher for each of the required module quizzes), RCR credit will be automatically transferred from CITI to Duke and no additional individual attestation of program completion is required for the School of Medicine Faculty/Staff RCR Program. 

7) How will RCR credit be registered for RCR Workshops? 
It depends on who is organizing the workshop. Attendance of a full RCR workshop hosted by ASIST/Trent will be documented with an ID badge scanner.  The ID-badge scanner report will be used to automatically grant RCR credit to individuals who attended the full workshop.  Attendance at a full workshop on an RCR topic led by other Duke offices can be documented by completing an online self-attestation form.  This online documentation form will be used to automatically transfer RCR credit to individuals using the Duke Learning Management System.

8) How will RCR credit be registered for unit-led RCR discussions? 
To receive RCR credit for participation in a unit-led discussion, all participants must complete an online self-attestation form.  This online documentation form will be used to automatically transfer RCR credit to individuals using the Duke Learning Management System.

9) I took an RCR Course in Spring 2018 during the Phase I implementation, which RCR course should I take next?

Flow chart to explain how Phase I RCR requirements translate to Phase II RCR credits

The 3 year window begins from the day a trainee completed any of the RCR trainings last Spring (or will complete this Fall). 

  • The CITI RCR course or RCR self-assessment competency test qualifies as Online RCR 100 Courses.

  • The In Person RCR workshop at Trent or prior RCR training at Duke qualifies as In Person RCR 200 Courses.

The following example provides additional detail on how the RCR requirement due dates are calculated:

I went to the In person RCR Workshop on May 25, 2018 (RCR 200). I need to complete a second In Person RCR training by May 25, 2021 (RCR 200).  I also need to complete One Online (RCR 100) training by May 25, 2021.  Ideally, I would complete my online training sometime sooner- say April 1, 2019, but I will not be delinquent until the three year anniversary of when I completed my first RCR Course: May 25, 2021.  If I complete my Online (RCR 100) training on April 1, 2019, then I will have until April 1, 2022 to complete my second Online RCR 100 online training requirement.

Faculty and staff engaged in research are required to take ONE Online RCR 100 session (complete quizzes at the end of the CITI Course material) every three years AND ONE In Person RCR 200 session (by self-attestation or workshop) every 3 years.  The RCR 100 and 200 level courses will be tracked separately in a central RCR tracking system and faculty and staff will receive annual training status updates and automatic reminders before each training is due.