The Program of Study includes a field where you will be asked to indicate how you will meet Oregon State Graduate School’s requirement for ethical research training. The preferred method to meet the requirement is the CITI “RCR for Engineers” course. The OSU course GRAD 520 is also an acceptable option.

OSU partnered with the University of Miami’s Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide online ethical research training free to Oregon State University students. The online training can be found at The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for Engineers course is short (a few hours), but early completion should be a high priority. Your program of study will not advance to the graduate school without this training.

After completing the course, enter "CITI-RCR course for Engineers" in the Ethical Research Training field on the Program of Study form and attach your completion certificate to your POS when submitting it to Kearney 111 for departmental approval.

Instructions for accessing required ethical training on the CITI website: 

  1. Go to
  2. Register as a new user by clicking on the white Register box near the upper right-hand corner of CITI’s homepage.
  3. Complete the seven-step, online CITI-Learner Registration process.
    1. Enter “Oregon State University” in the “Select Your Organization Affiliation” field.
    2. Enter your personal information and your e-mail address (so OSU will pay your course fees for any training you take on the CITI website). Do not use a personal e-mail or you will be charged for the courses you complete.
    3. Complete steps 3-7. 
  4. Log into your CITI account.
  5. Select “Oregon State University Course” from the dropdown menu.
  6. Under the heading, “My Learner Tools for Oregon State University” choose “Add a Course.”
  7. Answer Questions 1-3 and Question 6 as “Not at this time,” leave Question 4 unanswered, and choose “RCR for Engineers” for Question 5 Responsible Conduct of Research and submit the form.
  8. Select “Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers” from your Oregon State University Courses dropdown menu.
  9. Select “Complete the Integrity Assurance Statement before beginning this course.” 
  10. Read and agree to the assurance statement and other for accessing CITI Program materials and submit the form.
  11. Complete the eleven modules within the RCR for Engineers course.
  • Each module will take 5 to 30 minutes to complete.
  • You do not need to complete all modules at one time. 

l. Upon completing the entire course you will view a message that confirms a completion report has been sent to Oregon State University. The report will be sent to OSU’s Office of Research Integrity. The School of Civil and Construction Engineering (CCE) will not automatically receive a copy of the report. Print a copy of the completion report and submit it to the Graduate Student Service Office in Kearney 111 when you submit your Program of Study.