As of 2018, Southern Connecticut State University is a subscriber to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The CITI Program is a leading provider of research ethics, compliance and professional development education used by over 1 million learners and 2,200 organizations around the world. It offers free educational training modules – which contain readings, videos, case studies, federal law citations and quizzes – to all SCSU faculty, staff and students in the areas of research, ethics, regulatory oversight, and responsible conduct of research. CITI is our current source of training and educational resources for those conducting work with human subjects, animal subjects, and/or biohazardous materials. Any member of the SCSU community may select from and take as many courses as they like.
Additionally, the Office of the Provost, in conjunction with the Office of Research Integrity and in light of our institution’s continued adherence to the Federal Research Misconduct Policy, highly recommends that all institutional members conducting any type of research establish an account with CITI and complete the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course(s) that are best suited to their discipline.
The options currently available are:
- Biomedical Responsible Conduct of Research
- Responsible Conduct of Research for Engineers
- Humanities Responsible Conduct of Research
- Physical Science Responsible Conduct of Research
- Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research
All educational courses in the area of RCR contain modules on authorship, collaboration, conflicts of interest, data management, mentoring, peer review, research misconduct and plagiarism. CITI Certifications (for IRB, IACUC, and RCR) are valid for three years.
It is expected that all faculty members with research funding from both external and internal sources will maintain RCR training. Further information about CITI and training requirements may be accessed through the Sponsored Programs and Research Office page: CITI