The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Program at the University of South Dakota is part of the educational and outreach activities of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). Our goal is to develop and make available to the University of South Dakota research community, programs and materials that will increase the knowledge of and facilitate the practice of responsible research.

The Office of Research Integrity of the US DHHS has identified nine core instructional areas that are important for the responsible conduct of research:

  • Data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership
  • Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • Publication practices and responsible authorship 
  • Peer review
  • Collaborative science
  • Human subjects
  • Research involving animals
  • Research misconduct
  • Conflict of interest and commitment

RCR Interactive Simulations In "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct," you become the lead characters in an interactive movie and make decisions about integrity in research that can have long-term consequences. The simulation addresses RCR topics such as avoiding research misconduct, mentorship responsibilities, handling of data, responsible authorship and questionable research practices. The following simulation is located on the DHHS's Office of Research Integrity website.