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.”
Registration for CITI can be accessed here. Subjects available include the following:
- Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Biosafety and Biosecurity (BSS)
- Conflicts of Interest (COI)
- 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.
Responsible Conduct of Research
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) courses that are best suited to their discipline.
It is expected that all faculty members with research funding from internal AND/OR external sources will maintain RCR training.
RCR Training 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 Science 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 are valid for three years and faculty are encouraged to use CITI training materials with students in relevant classroom instruction and for mentoring.
Faculty members can also access the SCSU ORI Policies and Procedures and may contact the SCSU Office of Research Integrity at ORI@southernct.edu or 203-392-5243 with questions or concerns. Questions related to navigation of CITI or the creation of an account may be sent to the SPAR office.