CITI Training for Responsible Conduct of Research

Dickinson's institutional policies for sponsored research (whether internally funded by the college or externally funded by grants) require student researchers to undertake training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) so that (a) students become aware of the research integrity issues pertinent to their disciplines and (b) research protocols are appropriately followed for the funded research project. These policies allow Dickinson to remain compliant with federal regulations which require such training.

A New Training Resource: The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
CITI offers web-based RCR training courses which have been designed by a collaboration of some 3000 universities, colleges, government agencies and other entities. These courses meet federal as well as Dickinson's policy requirements. Each CITI course provides bibliographic and other resources which could be incorporated into faculty teaching and research mentoring. The RCR courses contain required as well as optional modules, so this tool can be customized by the faculty researcher to meet the needs of different disciplines or individual projects. It is also possible, if a faculty member desires, to create additional original content.

Download the Login Instructions

Go directly to Dickinson's CITI Training Site

Still not sure which training you need to take or where to find it on the Dickinson website? Consult the Research Training Finder.

Critical Information for grant supported projects (R&D and external grants)

  • Note that you can stop and continue your training at any time. Just login again to http://www.CITIprogram.org
  • Note that the overall grade for the CITI RCR course must be 80% for it to be considered a successful completion.
  • Feel free to take other optional courses available after you have completed your required course.
  • Your faculty mentor may specify that you take certain optional courses.
  • You may start the course any time after you and your faculty member agree to collaborate and your faculty mentor has assigned the appropriate course. You have until end of the first week after the start of the grant to complete the course and turn in the certification forms

 Deadline Info for Students

  • You may start the course any time after you and your faculty member agree to collaborate and your faculty mentor has assigned the appropriate course(s). If you are a summer collaborative research student, you have until end of the first week after the start of the project to complete the course and turn in the certification forms. If you do not complete the course on time the payroll cannot be processed.
  • Your faculty mentor may specify that you take certain optional courses.
  • The Committee currently sees no need for the student to retake the training once the course has already been taken.