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RIT's Compliance with the National Science Foundation's Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RCR) Requirement


Statement of Principles

All Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral researchers who are supported by the National Science Foundation to conduct research will receive appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) as required by the National Science Foundation.

This practice is consistent with RIT's other Policies and Procedures ( such that all members of the RIT research community, including students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers, are expected to adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards as they pursue research and scholarly activities. Thus, all RIT community members engaged in research and scholarly endeavors must comply with the legal, regulatory, contractual, and ethical requirements established by the University, regulatory agencies, funding sources, and applicable professional organizations.

RCR can be taught and learned in many formats and particular issues of importance can vary from discipline to discipline. For this reason, it is the intent of RIT that RCR instruction is delivered from a suite of RIT resources on the subject, and that flexibility in RCR content and delivery is available that addresses the specific issues of various disciplines, reflects the length of time undergraduates work on a research project, and takes advantage of the faculty's mentoring relationship with students involved in supervising the conduct of research.

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