Responsible Conduct in Research

All undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs involved in empirical research at Georgia State University are required to undertake Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) education and training as part of their requirements for graduation or employment. As part of this educational requirement, web-based training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is available for GSU faculty, staff and students.

Log on to the modules provided by CITI and read the GSU instructions

Read about research integrity on the GSU website

Responsible Conduct in Research Requirements

At the Robinson College of Business, the following four groups are affected:

  • Master’s graduate research assistants (GRAs)
  • Ph.D. students
  • Executive Doctorate in Business students
  • Post-doctoral fellows

See the appropriate section below for more information.

Master’s Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs)

The questions below address what Master’s GRAs typically want to know:

How and when will graduate students be made aware of the requirement?

Students should become aware of the requirement when they apply for a GRA position with the Robinson College of Business. The faculty member hiring the student will be required to sign and date a GRA research verification form and indicate through a check box whether the GRA will be engaged in research. These forms will be maintained by the Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs. The penalty for student noncompliance is to withhold the student’s funding for the term subsequent to the noncompliance and to prohibit the student from engaging in research until the requirement is met.

When will students be expected to complete the requirement?

Students will be expected to complete the requirement by the middle of the October if their appointment is for the fall term or by the middle of February for the spring term. For GRA appointments in the summer terms, GRAs will have to complete the requirements by the middle of October. Penalties for student noncompliance are to drop the student from the rolls for a current or future GRA appointment until such time as the requirement is successfully completed.

How will student participation be monitored, including documentation of successful completion?

Students should submit a copy of the certificate that is issued at the completion of the CITI training to the Robinson Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs. Those who have not completed it will be given a short time frame to successfully pass the CITI training.

The instructor(s) of the 5 hours of discussion-based education will collect sign-up sheets of those who have attended. Documentation will be as follows:

  1. Sign-up sheets during each section between session breaks
  2. Entry by date and success status into database of a master list of GRAs
  3. Maintenance of this database by the Robinson Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs

Download the GRA application form
Download the GRA research verification form

Ph.D. Students

The questions below address what Ph.D. students typically want to know:

How and when will Ph.D. students be made aware of the requirement?

Ph.D. students should become aware of the requirement when they are accepted for admission to the Robinson College of Business. The language in the official cover letter in response to their application will be as follows: “Georgia State University abides by the ‘Responsible Conduct in Research’ requirements and you will need to enroll at citiprogram.org and successfully complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training in research ethics. Students will print off the web page indicating that they have successfully completed the CITI training and file this with the Office of Research and Doctoral Programs. A second requirement is that students attend a 5-hour session of discussion-based education in the responsible conduct in research. Your Ph.D. work at GSU is dependent on your participation in this 5-hour discussion-based education as well as the CITI training. You must complete both the CITI training and the 5 hours of discussion-based education by the middle of the October in your first term in the Ph.D. program.”

When will students be expected to complete the requirement?

They will be expected to complete the requirement by the middle of October in the fall term.

How will student participation be monitored, including documentation of successful completion?

The Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs will maintain the master list of those who have completed the CITI training and 5 hours of discussion-based education. Those who do not complete the CITI training will be given a short time frame to successfully pass it. The instructor(s) of the 5 hours of discussion-based education will collect sign-up sheets of those who have attended. Documentation will be as follows:

  1. Sign-up sheets during each section between session breaks
  2. Entry by date and success status into database of a master list of Ph.D. students
  3. Maintenance of this database by the Robinson Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs

The penalty for student noncompliance is to withhold the student’s funding for the term subsequent to the noncompliance and to prohibit the student from engaging in research until the requirement is met.

Executive Doctorate in Business Students

The questions below address what Executive Doctorate in Business students typically want to know:

How and when will graduate students be made aware of the requirement?

E.D.B. students should be made aware of the requirement when they apply for admission to the Robinson College of Business. The language in the official cover letter in response to their application will be as follows: “Georgia State University abides by the ‘Responsible Conduct in Research’ requirements and you will need to enroll at citiprogram.org and successfully complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training in research ethics. A second requirement is that you attend a 5-hour session of discussion-based education in the responsible conduct in research. This work will be incorporated into your second semester in the E.D.B. program, before you begin working on research projects. Your E.D.B. work at GSU is dependent on your participation in this 5-hour discussion-based education as well as the CITI training. You must complete both the CITI training and the 5 hours of discussion-based education before you can become engaged in research in the E.D.B. program.”

When will students be expected to complete the requirement?

They will be expected to complete the requirement in the early part of their second semester of the E.D.B. program.

How will student participation be monitored, including documentation of successful completion?

Students who do not complete the CITI training will be given a short time frame to successfully pass it. The instructor(s) of the 5 hours of discussion-based education will collect sign-up sheets of those who have attended. Documentation will be as follows:

  1. Sign-up sheets during each section between session breaks
  2. Entry by date and success status into database of a master list of E.D.B. students
  3. Maintenance of this database by the Robinson Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs

The penalty for student noncompliance is to prohibit the student from engaging in research until the requirement is met.

Post-doctoral Fellows

The questions below address what post-doctoral fellows typically want to know:

How and when will post-doctoral fellows be made aware of the requirement?

Post-doctoral fellows should be made aware of the requirement when they apply for a position with the Robinson College of Business. The language in the official cover letter in response to their initial inquiry will be as follows: “Georgia State University abides by the ‘Responsible Conduct in Research’ requirements and you will need to enroll at citiprogram.org and successfully complete the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training in research ethics. Fellows will print off the web page indicating that they have successfully completed the CITI training and file this with the Office of Research and Doctoral Programs. A second requirement is that fellows attend a 5-hour session of discussion-based training and education in the responsible conduct in research. Your post-doctoral work at GSU is dependent on your participation in this 5 hours of discussion-based education as well as the CITI training.”

When will post-doctoral fellows be expected to complete the requirement?

They will be expected to complete the requirement by the end of August in the fall term or by the end of January in the spring term.

How will post-doctoral fellows’ participation be monitored, including documentation of successful completion?

The Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs will maintain the master list of those who have completed the CITI training and 5 hours of discussion-based education. Those who have not completed the CITI training will be given a short time frame to successfully pass it. The instructor(s) of the 5 hours of discussion-based education will collect sign-up sheets of those who have attended. Documentation will be as follows:

  1. Sign-up sheets during each section between session breaks
  2. Entry by date and success status into database of a master list of post-doctoral fellows
  3. Maintenance of this database by the Robinson Office of Research and Ph.D. Programs

The penalty for fellow noncompliance is prohibition from engaging in research until the requirement is met.