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New Policy: Graduate Training in the Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RCR)

Commencing with Summer 2014 admissions, the University of Maine Graduate School will require all graduate students enrolled in graduate research masters (thesis) or doctoral programs to receive one credit of RCR training prior to completing the degree, preferably prior to commencing the research.  At the advisory committee’s or Graduate Coordinator’s discretion, this credit may be substituted for one of the 6 required thesis/dissertation credits (XXX699) and is a co-requisite for XXX699; therefore, students must take the RCR training before or at the same time as the first registration for XXX699.

Currently enrolled students will not be required to take RCR training unless supported to conduct research on a National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Food and Agriculture, or National Science Foundation award.

For further information regarding the policy, please contact the Graduate School.  For information regarding federal regulations related to RCR training, please visit the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Responsible Conduct of Research Compliance website.

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