To address concerns about the ethical conduct of research activities in many different areas, including Human Subject Research, Animal Care and Use, Information Privacy and Security, and the Responsible Conduct of Research, UALR has joined as a participating organization with the CITI Program. The CITI Program is a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. All UALR faculty, staff and students have access to the many courses and testing applications located on the CITI website. These courses will provide the basic understanding for the researcher to work in their field in a responsible and ethical manner.
UALR requires that all faculty and others conducting research take and pass the test for the Responsible Conduct of Research, or RCR. This test must be repeated every three years for you to remain in good standing. Upon successful completion of the RCR course and test, you may print off a certificate indicating you have completed this requirement. You will then meet the requirements of the National Science Foundation and other federal, state, local, and private agencies for conducting ethical research.
You may access the RCR course and test by going to the CITI page (see below). You’ll need to register first. Note these points:
- Institution should be University of Arkansas at Little Rock
- For your CITI username , use your UALR email address as your username and create a new password for this site
- If you request CME/CEU credits payment will be up to you
and click ‘Submit’. Fill in details on the subsequent page, e.g. language, highest degree etc. and click ‘Submit’ again.
Once you’ve registered you will be taken to the ‘Select Curriculum’ page. If you don’t require IRB training and review, skip Questions 1 and 2 and go directly to Question 3, Responsible Conduct of Research, and choose the appropriate field for your background, and click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the screen. At this point you may want to register with another institution (e.g. you have a collaborator there). Assuming you click ‘No’ to continue, you will arrive at the ‘Main Menu’ page, which lists the courses you’ve requested and gives you the opportunity to add other courses.
Other courses are available, such as the Animal Care section, which must be taken by individuals doing work involving those area or subjects. You will see these courses on the list when you access the “add a course” section. Please check with your supervisor or call the research office with any questions on what may be required.
Link to the CITI web site: https://www.citiprogram.org/