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In addition to departmental requirements for the degree or certificate, all graduate students must demonstrate competency in the English language and pay all degree fees. All graduate students must participate satisfactorily in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) workshop or equivalent.

Section 1. English Competency and Expository Writing

The Expository Writing Program helps facilitate graduate students’ mastery of the conventions and expectations of graduate-level academic writing. Students referred to the program by their graduate directors must enroll in an online course through McGraw-Hill Connect and complete the Developmental Writing 3.0 LearnSmart Achieve module, which provides targeted writing instruction and adaptive, skills-based practice related to content development, organization, argumentation,, grammar and mechanics, and common writing difficulties experienced by multilingual writers. Students may apply successful completion of the course module toward satisfaction of their graduate programs’ expository writing requirements.

If you have questions about the program or would like to enroll in the course, please contact the Expository Writing Program Coordinator, Ms. Jimisha Relerford, at

Section 2. Responsible Conduct of Research

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Workshop is intended to provide students with information on pertinent federal and University guidelines and regulations pertaining to the responsible conduct of research as well as to instruct them in a method of utilizing moral reasoning skills in responding to ethical dilemmas in research. Workshop topics include intellectual property, data sharing and understanding of Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and procedures, data acquisition and management, and mentoring. The RCR training workshop is a requirement for admission to candidacy. To receive the RCR certificate, students must complete all required training sessions and successfully complete a learning assessment exercise at the end of the workshop. In addition, all students are responsible for completing and passing the on-line CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) module. Both RCR workshop certificate and the CITI RCR module certificate are required for advancement to candidacy.