Who needs to complete the RCRS training?

Complementary Policy is the academic unit's policy for compliant completion of RCRS training for their faculty, post-doctoral associates, research staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in Research and Scholarship (the creation of new knowledge or the creation of novel expressions of knowledge in any form.)

The Complementary Policy consists of two components.

On-line ('CITI') Training Component

The following groups are required to satisfy a one-time completion of relevant RCRS modules available through the web-based Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) as specified below:

  • Faculty, Post-doctoral Fellows, Research Staff, Graduate Students as required by their academic unit's Complementary Policy.
  • Undergraduate Students as required by the Vice-Provost for Undergraduate Education.
  • Visiting college-level students and visiting scholars who are collaborating on research activities with Stony Brook University faculty, as required by the hosting faculty member's academic unit's Complementary Policy. For those visitors from another institution, this SBU RCRS training requirement may be waived pending proof of completion of RCRS training at the home institution.
  • High School Students as required by the applicable High School Program.

In-Person Training ('IPT') Component

All members of the SBU community who are involved in Research and Scholarship activities must complete in-person training ('IPT') as appropriate to their discipline and as described in their academic unit's Complementary Policy.

Note: The IPT must comply with specific requirements of the agency (e.g., National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH)) sponsoring an individual's research or scholarly activity. For example, per NIH requirements, trainees supported by NIH funding must complete 8 hours of IPT every 4 years, or 2 hours annually, covering the topics listed below in Section C. NSF defines "trainee" as undergraduates, graduates and post docs, whereas NIH also includes any participant or scholar receiving training.

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