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Information for Students who began a Degree Program starting Fall 2010-present.

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 applies to any new graduate student who started his/her degree program starting Fall 2010.

Deadline for completing the workshop

  • Students are encouraged to complete the training as early as possible but must complete the training before the start of the third semester of enrollment. Those who do not complete the training may continue to serve as graduate assistants but will not be eligible for tuition waivers.

The training sessions are two consecutive days, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30-5:00 p.m. each day.

If a date is not listed in the drop down menu, this means the session is already full.

Registration Open Fall 2018 DATES: August 8 & 9, August 10 & 11.

Fall 2018 Dates: September 21 & 22, October 12 & 13, November 16 & 17, November 30 & December 1.

Spring 2019 Dates: January 9 & 10, February 1 & 2, March 1 & 2, April 12 & 13, May 13 & 14.

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 will have the $150 training fee applied to his/her Bursar account.

About the training dates:

  1. If a date is not listed in the drop down menu, this means the session is already full.
  2. Dates are tentative and subject to change.
  3. If the session is full and you need to complete the training in the current semester, email Professional Ethics Training at: to request being placed on the waiting list. Please note in the email your preferred session date along with your name and student ID number. 
  4. When spring sessions are full, Graduate Assistants who need to complete the training before their third semester can satisfy the requirement by completing one of the August or September trainings.  


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.