The Responsible Conduct of Research at LMU

Ethics Education and the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) at LMU 

As of January 2010, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that – at the time of proposal submission – applicant institutions have in place a plan for providing “appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.”1

In support of the NSF requirement, LMU has identified a program to meet this RCR requisite, and specifics are described below. While this new requirement only applies to NSF funded lab personnel, we extend and encourage this RCR training for all faculty, staff, students and researchers at LMU with an interest in ethics education and the responsible conduct of research and scholarship. 

The LMU Plan for Fulfilling the RCR Requirement

The CITI public access course in the Responsible Conduct of Research is available to the LMU research community free of charge. This course is designed for learners who are discipline specific. Biomedical, Social & Behavioral Research, Physical Sciences, Humanities, Engineers, Administrators courses are available. 

The RCR topic areas include: Research Misconduct; Data Management; Conflict of Interest; Collaborative Science; Responsible Authorship; Mentoring; Peer Review; Lab Animals; and Human Subjects. 

You can also find CITI training modules specifically on Human Subjects Research and Lab Animal Welfare. Each training section takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete, and each module does not need to be completed all at once. 

Upon completion of the RCR course, you will receive a certificate of completion. 

Note to Faculty Researchers

It is a Principal Investigator’s responsibility to inform undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral fellows paid from NSF funds of the mandatory RCR training. 

How to Begin

  1. Go to to register for CITI online training. 
  2. Click on “New Users Register Here.” 
  3. Under “Select your institution or organization” page select Loyola Marymount University. 
  4. Next, proceed to create your own username, password, and then select the Learner Group.

Once you have completed the preceding steps you are logged in and registered for the course. You may begin the appropriate course or log out and return at another time. If you chose to log out, when you return to the CITI homepage you will not need to register again. You will login with the username and password you have already created. Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. 

If you have any questions, please call or email

Angie Rochat, Executive Director of Research and Research Integrity Officer at 310-338-5119 or

Kat Weaver, Associate Provost for Research and Professional Development at 310-258-7242 or

1For more background information, please see: Federal Register, August 20, 2009 (v 74, no. 160), Action: NSF’s Implementation of Section 7009 of the America Competes Act, pp. 42126-42128.

In addition to the above, the following National Science Foundation website includes the actual Statutory Requirement, Federal Register Notices, and NSF-Funded Beta Sites that provide resources on ethics education in science and engineering: