Institutional Review Board

Who is a principal investigator?

Why do I need IRB training?

Training and how long does it take?

 

STUDENT TRAINING

Students who are principal or co-investigators must complete the IRB Training for Graduate Students or IRB Training for Undergraduate Students, depending upon your status with the university, prior to the submission of the IRB protocol. Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to take the IRB training at the graduate student level if considering graduate school, as training is typically valid for five years. Your faculty mentor may request additional training modules beyond those required by the IRB.

 

FACULTY/STAFF TRAINING

Faculty or staff who are principal or co-investigators must complete the IRB Training for SCSU Faculty and Staff prior to the submission of the IRB protocol. Student co-investigators complete the IRB training at their appropriate level (Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student) prior to the protocol submission.

IRB members must complete the IRB Training for IRB Board Members within sixty days of appointment to the committee or at least prior to providing guidance/voting on IRB protocols or other official IRB business.

 

WHY DO I NEED IRB TRAINING?

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Research Protections oversees the federal guidelines regarding protection of human subjects in research and mandates all researchers to complete a training course in human subject protection for social behavioral research involving human participants.

 

WHO IS A PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR?

A principal investigator (PI) is the individual who assumes full responsibility for the research project being conducted and oversight of the entire research process. This may include the supervision of any co-investigators such as a collaborators and student or research assistants. The IRB only recognizes one principal investigator per human subjects research study.

 

TRAINING AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program consists of a course of modules for human behavioral subjects’ research, followed by brief quizzes after each section. You must obtain a passing score of 70% or higher. For most users, the training may take 1-3 hours.

 

HOW TO LOGIN AS AN EXISTING USER

If you are an existing user, log into your CITI account and click on Add a Course or Update Your Learner Groups for St. Cloud State University to view all courses available. Choose Human Subjects; then click Next to choose your specific learner group (undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff, IRB member). CITI Program website: http://www.citiprogram.org.

 

HOW TO REGISTER AS A NEW USER

A “new user” simply means that you have not completed CITI training before through SCSU.

How to Register

  1. Go to http://www.citiprogram.org

  2. Click "Register Here."

  3. There will be listed seven registration steps. Select St. Cloud State University as the "Participating Institutions." or select Your Organization Affiliation by querying for the word Cloud and St. Cloud State University should appear in the drop down list. Note there should not be a charge to take this training as SCSU covers the annual fee. Your username does not have to match your SCSU username and password.

  4. The next page asks you to enter your institutional email address, department and role in research. Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

  5. Next you will “Select Curriculum.” You can always return to this page at a later time to take additional or advanced courses

    A.
    Human Subjects Researchers will select "Social and Behavioral Research Investigators" or "Biomedical Research Investigators" under "Question 1.” Please choose the course that best matches your discipline; note either course fulfills the required training component.

  6. After selecting curriculum, it will bring you to the main menu. To get started, look under "Status" and click on the red "Enter."
    A. Open your Grade Book to begin the course: Look for “My Courses;”

    Under “Status,” select the “Enter” link to start your module

    B. Once you have successfully passed all required modules, you will be shown a “View course completion history and print completion certificates” link. Please submit your IRB printout with your IRB protocol

  7. You will go to the "Required Modules" page. Start with the "Integrity Assurance Statement" and continue through the modules. You do not have to complete the modules in order but you must pass all modules with an overall score of 70% or higher. When all modules are passed, you may print your completion report through the link "Print" in the Learner's Menu.

  8. If you elect to take additional modules, simply click on "Add a course or update your learner groups."
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