Institutional Review Board (IRB)


St. Cloud State University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide the online training component for various learner groups.

All faculty, students, staff researchers proposing to use human subjects in research under the auspices of St. Cloud State are required to complete IRB Training for research with human subjects offered through CITI.

Approvals for IRB protocols will be approved after this training has been completed and verified.

  • New CITI User: Register
  • Existing CITI User: Log In
    • Add the IRB for Human Subjects course to your trainings
    • Select the appropriate learner group
    • Complete the required modules
    • Save a copy of your completion certificate

NOTE: There is no charge for taking this course if you are a current St. Cloud State student or employee and you register with your campus email.

Training Requirements by Learner Group

All principal investigator (PI) or co-investigators are required to complete IRB training. A PI or co-PI is an individual responsible for the study and various tasks related to research studies involving human subjects. Investigators can include faculty, staff, or students.

Learner Group CITI Training Required
IRB Members Complete 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.
Faculty or staff serving as: faculty mentor, principal or co-investigators Complete IRB Training for SCSU Faculty and Staff prior to the submission of the IRB protocol.
Students serving as principal or co-investigators Depending on student status, complete:
  • IRB Training for Graduate Students OR
  • IRB Training for Undergraduate Students
Please work with your faculty mentor prior to the submission of the IRB protocol
*For thesis/dissertation, the School of Graduate Studies requires IRB when research involving human subjects is conducted. 


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.