Responsible Conduct of Research

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program, codified in SMU policy 10.1, ensures that research at SMU is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with applicable rules and regulations.  The program requires that all researchers and students applying for external funding complete Responsible Conduct of Research training. In addition, all funding proposals must be analyzed for plagiarism before they can be submitted to the funding entity.

Research Handbook

Details about the RCR program can now be found in the Research Handbook.

In-Person Seminar

A Responsible Conduct of Research in-person certificate-granting seminar will be offered each semester for incoming and continuing federally-supported graduate students. Graduate students must successfully complete the seminar in order to receive federal funds. Successful completion of the RCR seminar is only required once while at SMU.

The Spring 2022 in-person seminars will take place at the following times:

  • Tuesday, May 3 from 12 PM - 4 PM in Harold Clark Simmons 101D
  • Friday, May 6 from 9 AM - 1 PM in Harold Clark Simmons 101D

All students must complete the online RCR course via CITI before attending the seminar. Register for the in-person seminar here. Contact Heather McClary, Director of Research Compliance, with any questions.


We offer guidance for planning your research project. To discuss your specific research plans, please email Research Compliance or call at 214-768-2033.