CITI Program

SPAR is happy to announce that SCSU now offers the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. In their own words, CITI provides “high-quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.”

The CITI Program was implemented as the result of a 2017 – 2018 review of SCSU’s current research systems, policies and practices. It addresses the need for current, easily accessible online training in all areas of research compliance, and is open to faculty members and students for both initial and retraining purposes.

CITI Home Page 

Registration for CITI can be accessed here and completed by following the registration guidelines. Please check back shortly for information on specific learning module requirements within the following subject areas:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS)  
  • Responsible Conduct of Research

A full catalog of courses currently available to faculty, staff and students may be found here. As of June 2020, Human Subjects Research training is available in both English and Spanish. 

The Sponsored Programs and Research Office recommends that all faculty and staff take the offered courses pertaining to Conflict of Interest and Responsible Conduct of Research (specific to their discipline), in addition to the courses recommended by the compliance committees. 

Human Subjects Training 

Investigators who wish to submit an application for human research must have completed the human subjects training within the last three years.

There are several courses available for researchers to complete. The Social & Behavioral Research - Basic course is required for protocol submission. Researchers are free to take as many training courses as they wish. The IRB may recommend other courses depending upon the nature of the research once an application is submitted. 

The CITI Completion Record for all study personnel (including faculty advisors) should be submitted along with the research protocol.