Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is one aspect of Furman’s commitment to maintain the highest possible standards for integrity among its entire research community, including students, faculty and staff. RCR denotes good citizenship in research conduct. Faculty, students and staff who report their work honestly, accurately, and objectively help maintain trust in research and help convey the ethics of research to future generations of scholars. Furman University has a number of methods for providing research ethics education to its community. 

All investigators involved in human subject and animal research are required to complete education focused on the appropriate use of humans and/or animals in research, prior to receiving Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACU​C) approval for specific research protocols. As of January 2010, all student and post-doctoral investigators that receive financial assistance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) are required to complete a training course on Responsible Conduct of Research. Furman University has adopted CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) as their online resource for training which satisfies the requirements from NSF, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). You will find additional information on the required RCR training for NSF/NIH funded research under the CITI page to the right​.

Please visit for information on the educational requirements for human subject research and for education involving animal research, please contact Dr. Dennis Haney, chair of the IACUC, at


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