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Policy Statement

Educational training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is required for all Marywood researchers (faculty, staff, and students).  RCR Training will meet the standards of the Public Health Service, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other regulatory agencies.  Required training is identified by the Assistant Vice President for Research and made accessible through the Office of Research and Community Collaboration website.

Evidence of completed Responsible Conduct of Research training must be submitted with research protocol applications to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Exempt Review Board (ERB), Departmental Review Board (DRB), and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  If the proposal does not require committee approval as above, then evidence of RCR training must be submitted to the Office of Research and Community Collaboration before an externally or internally funded project can begin.


All researchers refers to those who are making application for any internal or external funding, even those who have no committee reporting requirements.  In these cases, evidence of RCR training must be submitted to the Office of Research and Community Collaboration before an internally or externally funded project can begin.

Responsible Conduct of Research training includes instruction in the following core areas:

  • data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership
  • mentor and trainee Responsibilities
  • peer review
  • collaborative research
  • publication practices and responsible authorship
  • conflict of interest and commitment
  • protection of human subjects
  • animal welfare
  • research misconduct

Related Policies

Related Committees

Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants


10/29/09 - Appproved by the President of the University as recommended by the Policy Committee of the University