To comply with Federal regulations and SU policies, all SU affiliates must submit any proposal involving human participants to the SU Institutional Review Board (IRB), which will assess and help mitigate physical, psychological, legal, and/or social risks by establishing protections reflecting best practices in human participant research and University guidelines.
Currently, no restrictions exist on in-person data collection. However, we ask all researchers to use their best judgment and discretion about spacing, masking, and sanitation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the IRB at email@example.com or 206-296-2585.
All SU researchers and advisers must complete the CITI Human Participant Research training program (scroll down for details) and include current completion certification with expedited and full-board protocol submissions. (You do not need to submit training certification with applications for exemption.)
Training requirements have been revised as of September 2018: certification now lasts for four years (an increase from three years)! The required human participant research training modules from CITI have been streamlined for SU researchers, and now several modules are considered supplementary (all module titles are shown below). Note that when a supplementary module is directly applicable to the proposed research project, the IRB may require the completion of one or more specific modules before approval may be granted.
** If you have completed either NIH or CITI training within the past four years, you do not need to complete this CITI training until your current certification expires.
If you will submit related grant proposal(s), consult with the Office of Sponsored Projects regarding training requirements because some funding organizations require certain training modules from specific certification sites, such as Responsible Conduct in Research and Human Subjects Research modules from CITI.
Co-investigators or key personnel from other institutions are not required to demonstrate evidence of human participant research training as part of an SU IRB protocol submission. However, as an SU PI, you are responsible for maintaining high ethical standards among researchers involved in a protocol and must report any violations. In special circumstances (such as community-based research endeavors), SU researchers may choose to informally train key personnel in human participant protections. Contact the IRB if you would like to discuss special accommodations or specific circumstances.
For IRB requirements, complete the CITI Human Subjects Research course. Read registration instructions carefully:
Note: For basic human participant certification, the IRB requires only the four-module course: "Human Subjects Research for IRB (Faculty, Staff, and Student)." Other protocol-specific modules might be required, depending on your study. The IRB does not require the CITI Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) course at CITI (these courses may be required for OSP or other grant-related research endeavors).
*Save a screen shot or PDF that shows your certification completion. You will include it with your IRB protocol submission.
**If this course title is not displayed in your list of courses, then scroll to the bottom of the "Courses" screen, select "Add a course," and answer the questions regarding your interest in human participant research training.
The required CITI modules for IRB submissions of expedited and full-board research protocols are:
The supplementary CITI modules are shown below and are accessible after completing the required modules. One or more of these modules may be required by the IRB for approval of expedited and full-board research protocols. Faculty may opt to make one or more of these modules required for their students.