CITI (Collaborative IRB Training Initiative) Course (CITI)
The Institution Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) have implemented a new training program for all research projects requiring approval through each review board. This training will require each researcher to complete on-line course work in their field to obtain certification lasting for three years. At this time it is recommended to complete this training program before the starting any anticipated research. As of June 1st, 2009 the certification is required to attain research application approval from either board. Please inform future students of the program.
CITI is a web-based ethics training course for those conducting research with human or animal subjects. All Principal Investigators, Co-Investigators, and Faculty Sponsors must complete CITI training with a minimum score of 80%. The Compliance Manager is notified by CITI upon successful completion of the relevant course. Completion records of study personnel should be maintained by the Principal Investigator and are subject to periodic inspection by the IRB or IACUC Committees. Follow the steps below to sign up for the CITI Course:
- Go to www.citiprogram.org
- Select "New Users"
- Step 1 - Participating Institutions: Western Kentucky University
- Step 2 - Create a username and password
- Step 3 - Enter your name
- Step 4 - Enter e-mail address
- Complete contact information fields
- Check the course you are required to complete
IRB applicants are to complete –  Social/Behavioral Research Course (live human beings) & Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research Course (RCR) (Each of the two modules have been reported to take roughly a minimum of 2-3 hours to complete, please consider this in your research time line)
IACUC applicants are to satisfy the CITI modules pertaining to the intended research and will be directed by the IACUC board.
Bio-Saftey applicants are to satisfy the CITI modules pertaining to the intended research and will be directed by the Bio-Saftey committee.
Export Control applicants are to satisfy the CITI modules pertaining to the intended research and will be directed by the Compliance Officer.
If you have already completed the CITI program through another institution with in the last 3 years you may affiliate your scores to reduce or eliminate the need to re-take the test modules at this time. Please sign into your CITI Program.org account and choose the Affiliate with another institution option towards the top of your main menu and select Western Kentucky University.
Belmont Report (Belmont Report)
All Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators using human subjects as research participants are required to read and adhere to the principles contained in the Belmont Report, "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research."