Professional Ethics Training - Responsible Conduct of Research

Information for Students Beginning a Degree Program in Fall 2010

Beginning fall 2010-11 forward, all graduate assistants (GRAs and GTAs) who wish to receive the Qualified Graduate Assistant tuition waiver must complete a two-day Professional Ethics Training – Responsible Conduct of Research (PET-RCR) workshop.  This requirement will apply to any new student who starts his/her degree program after the end of the 2010 spring semester.
Fall 2011 DATES: Aug 12-13 and 18-19-closed; September-closed; October 14-15; November 4-5; December 2-3. Spring 2012 DATES: *January 13-14; *February 3-4; *March 2-3; *April 6-7; *May 14-15
*Dates currently open for registration; later dates are tentative and subject to change.

TIMES: The two-day training sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. (registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

LOCATION: Sessions will be held on the OU-Norman South Research Campus, usually in the 2 Partners Place building, located at 3100 Monitor Avenue (see the map)

COST: The workshop will be provided at no cost to students with qualifying GA positions.   Graduate students without an appointment, or with an appointment total of less than 0.50 FTE, also may take the training free of charge, if space allows.  Note: Prior to May 2010 there was a workshop fee of $150.   

CANCELLATION POLICY: Students must contact the Graduate College at least three full working days* before the start of the first day’s training in order to cancel registration. Any student failing to contact the Graduate College before the cancellation deadline may have the $150 training fee applied to his/her Bursar account, regardless of whether he/she attends any portion of the training session. Students MUST attend the training over two consecutive days. If a student has attended the first day of training for a session, he or she cannot complete the training by attending the second day of another scheduled training session.

*If the session in which you’ve enrolled begins on a Wednesday, you must submit your cancellation by 5 p.m. the Thursday before the session’s start; if the session in which you’ve enrolled begins on a Friday, you must submit your cancellation by 5 p.m. the preceding Monday.

Frequently Asked Questions: OU PET-RCR

Frequently Asked Questions: Requirement for GA Tuition Waiver


The PET-RCR Program began in 2005 and was developed by NIH- and NSF-funded researchers in OU’s Center for Applied Social Research (CASR).  The training seminars have been offered to the general graduate student population since 2007.  In 2009-10, participation in the program became mandatory for students and post-doctoral researchers funded by NSF.  Almost 300 students received the training during the Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters.

This PET/RCR training is recommended for all graduate students, but is particularly appropriate for GAs.  The University reasonably expects all students appointed to GA positions to perform their duties to the highest standards of professional ethical conduct, and supports this goal by providing and requiring formal training in professional ethical conduct.

Rather than focusing on rules and principles, OU’s ethics training program looks at how people try to make sense of ethical issues.  The training seeks to provide graduate students with realistic, work-based strategies for identifying and resolving complex ethical dilemmas.  OU has been recognized nationally as a leader in developing and implementing these professional integrity training programs.   This positive recognition not only enhances the reputation of the university, but also imparts a valuable professional credential and additional value for the students pursuing advanced study at the University of Oklahoma.

More Information

"Fabricating data is a heinous scientific sin. It steers people down paths that do not lead anywhere and discourages them from following those that do." See the article from the Economist: "Fraud in Science: Liar, Liar!", June 4th 2009.

Martinson, B. C, M. S Anderson, and R. De Vries. 2005. Scientists behaving badly. Nature 435: 737–738.

Kligyte, V., R. T Marcy, E. P Waples, S. T Sevier, E. S Godfrey, M. D Mumford, and D. F Hougen. 2008. Application of a sensemaking approach to ethics training in the physical sciences and engineering. Science and Engineering Ethics 14, no. 2: 251–278.

Mumford, M. D, L. D. Devenport, R. P. Brown, S. Connelly, S. T Murphy, J. H Hill, and A. L Antes 2008. Validation of Ethical Decision Making Measures: Evidence for a New Set of Measures. Ethics & behavior 16, no. 4: 319-345.


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