Responsible Conduct of Research

Responsible Conduct of Research

John Jay is committed to the responsible and ethical conduct of research and adheres to CUNY policies on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).    The information provided here summarizes CUNY policies and procedures as a reference for John Jay researchers; please refer to the CUNY website for full details and current information.

Training Requirements: 

All John Jay faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students involved in research are required to complete training in RCR.  Training is available through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI),

In addition to this online training, postdoctoral scholars are required to attend an in-person RCR training workshop within 12 months of completing the online training.   The CUNY Office of Research offers a half-day RCR workshop once every academic year.

RCR and Grant Funding:

Researchers serving as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on a grant proposal (internal or external) should submit a copy of their RCR CITI training certificate to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) with each grant application. 

For research supported by internal OAR funds, completion of RCR Training by all John Jay affiliates involved in the project will be confirmed before funds are released.

Research Misconduct:

Research Misconduct refers specifically to data fabrication, data falsification and plagiarism in research, as defined in CUNY’s Policy Regarding the Disposition of Allegations of Research Misconduct, available here.

John Jay College fosters an environment that promotes the responsible conduct of research, discourages questionnable research practices, and deals promptly with allegations of possible research misconduct.  It is the College’s basic expectation that all research conducted by members of the John Jay community will adhere to the highest ethical and moral standards.  

John Jay College Research Integrity Officer:

Each CUNY College has a designated Research Integrity Officer (RIO) who is responsible for promoting the responsible conduct of research through training and education, and for implementing CUNY’s Research Misconduct policy.  

John Jay RIO:  (until 10/21/2022) Lynda Mules, MLA, CIP, / 212-237-8914