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Research Compliance

Education & Training

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TRAINING: CITI

The Office of Research Integrity and Education, in conjunction with the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program, provides online courses in the areas of Human Subject Protections, Laboratory Animal Welfare, Biosafety, Conflict of Interest (COI), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Export Compliance and Health Information Privacy & Security.  

DU recognizes valid CITI training for four (4) years from the completion date.  Prior to expiration, it is recommended that researcher complete one of the Refresher training courses.  

To access the CITI program please click on the following link:  CITI Program

Human Subjects Protection Training

Education in human subject protections is required for all faculty, staff and students directly involved in the conduct of biomedical or social behavioral & educational research.

  • This includes individuals who collect or enter data, individuals who conduct study procedures (including informed consent) or interventions with human subjects, and individuals who use or have access to private information that can be linked to research subjects.
  • This requirement applies to all research involving the use of human participants, regardless of funding or scholarship.  All study team members must have current training in order to receive approval from the DU IRB. 

For more information please visit the IRB CITI page.

Reference Material:

Step-by-Step Instructions for Human Subjects CITI Training

How do you know when you've successfully finished the CITI training requirement?

Troubleshoot Help and Checking Your CITI Status

Laboratory Animal Welfare Training

The DU IACUC required that all personnel must have adequate knowledge and experience to perform their duties of animal care, use, and treatment. Personnel must be sufficiently familiar with the AWA, PHS Policy, Guide, and the IACUC Principles and Procedures, so that their care, treatment and use of animals will be in accordance with the IACUC Principles and Procedures.

Furthermore, personnel involved in live vertebrate animal use, treatment, or care must be certified by the IACUC as qualified to perform their duties, and may be required to demonstrate experience. The IACUC collaborates with the Animal Facility Director to provide personnel training resources to university personnel working with animals.

For more information, please visit the IACUC CITI page.

Reference Material:

Animal Research CITI Training

Biosafety Training

Training in proper microbiological techniques is required for anyone with recombinant DNA, infectious agents, select agents, and biological toxins, or who works in a laboratory where these materials are used/stored. The assurance of proper training is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI). It is recommended that the PI supplement the training courses provided through the CITI Program by conducting practical demonstrations and assessments of competence in the laboratory.

For more information, please visit the IBC CITI page

Reference Material:

Biosafety Training - IBC

Conflict of Interest (COI) Training

The Conflict of Interest in Research training ensures the integrity of research during all phases of research and preserves the public trust of the Institution while recognizing the need for entrepreneurship within the research community. The University of Denver has implemented an electronic process to ensure that any secondary financial interest of a researcher has been reviewed, and management controls have been placed prior to issuance of a protocol approval. Online training related to conflicts of interest is provided through the CITI Program.

For more information, please visit COI CITI page.

Reference Material:

Conflicts of Interest Training 

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), effective January 2010, requires that all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral research fellows, who are submitting new proposals for NSF and/or NIH funding receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).

 The RCR online modules through CITI are available to investigators to assist in fulfilling this training requirement.

For more information, please visit the RCR page.

Reference Material:

Responsible Conduct of Research

Other Institutional Affiliations & Transferring Course Credit

If you have completed CITI training through another institution, you may receive credit for identical modules already completed.

This is accomplished by:

  1. Log in using your established username and password.
  2. From the Main Menu on your profile, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the "click here to affiliate with another institution" button. DO NOT SELECT THE 'SINGLE SIGN ON' OPTION. 
  3. Type and choose the 'University of Denver' in the search box and click 'Continue' at the bottom of the page. 
  4. Answer the member information accordingly. DO NOT SELECT 'INDEPENDENT LEARNER REGISTRATION' OR FEES WILL BE REQUIRED.

If you would like to receive credit for modules previously taken, there are several requirements that must be met:

  1. To transfer course credit between institutions, you will need to be affiliated with both institutions (your previous institution and the University of Denver).
  2. Follow the "Click here to affiliate with another institution" link on your Main Menu. 
  3. Once affiliated with both institutions, enroll in the courses that need to be transferred under both institutions. To do this, "Add a Course" under the University of Denver Courses.
  4. Enroll in the same stage of the course for a proper transfer to occur (e.g., Basic/Refresher).
  5. Once you are enrolled in the courses, any modules and courses that are shared between the institutions will automatically transfer the credits.
Questions or CITI Help

Technical issues should be forwarded to: citisupport webpage or by calling 888-529-5929.

Questions regarding the University of Denver's educational requirements should be referred to the DU Office of Research Integrity & Education at (303) 871-2121.

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The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) strive to provide the best customer service to assist with your research review process.

One-On-One Consultation
IRB Support

The Human Research Protections Program offers several training opportunities to help support researchers and research personnel with the IRB process. If you are interested in organizing a one-on-one consultation with an IRB staff member or organizing a workshop about the IRB process, please follow the links below.If additional guidance is needed, contact us at IRBAdmin@du.edu to schedule a one-on-one meeting or consultation.

IACUC Support

Before you begin working on your project submission, please contact Tyler Ridgeway (Tyler.Ridgeway@du.edu), the IACUC Administrator, to schedule an introductory meeting. His goal is to meet with every new investigator to help make the approval process simple and efficient, and to show the level of communication and collaboration that the IACUC Office has with the researchers at DU. His information, as well as other IACUC members can be found on the " IACUC Contacts" tab.

In addition to new investigators, more seasoned investigators are welcome to set up a one-on-one consultation to discuss their research application.

IBC Support

Before you begin working on your project submission, please contact Tyler Ridgeway (Tyler.Ridgeway@du.edu), the IBC Administrator, to schedule an introductory meeting. His goal is to meet with every new investigator to help make the approval process simple and efficient, and to show the level of communication and collaboration that the IBC Office has with the researchers at DU. His information, as well as other IBC members can be found on the " IBC Contacts" tab.

In addition to new investigators, more seasoned investigators are welcome to set up a one-on-one consultation to discuss their research application. 

Student Researcher Workshops: Navigating the IRB Process
Do you have questions on how to get started with the IRB application process? Attend a free workshop sponsored by the DU IRB Office to learn how to complete the application.

Dates, times, & Location

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM on Wednesdays and Thursdays 
Location: Academic Commons, Large group room (AAC 182)
Dates: 
  • September 26 & 27
  • October 3 & 4
  • October 17 & 18
  • October 24 & 25
  • October 31 & November 1
  • November 7 & 8

Workshop Topics: 

  • IRBNet Basic Steps - Learn how to use the DU Electronic Submission System
  • CITI Program Requirements - Review the training modules that must be completed
  • Recruitment Dos & Don'ts - How to design appropriate recruitment strategies
  • Keeping Research Data Secure - What are acceptable practices?
  • Options for Obtaining Informed Consents 

***While our topics are set, we are happy to spend time focusing on your specific questions. Please bring your laptop so we can take a look at your application and research proposal. 

Requesting IRB Small Workshops/Classroom Presentations

The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)/Institutional Review Board (IRB) offers small workshops and classroom presentations to help students and instructors prepare for the application process. Instructors and departments may request training sessions by completing the Training Request Form. An HRPP Staff member can work to create a custom presentation to fit your educational needs and are happy to accommodate faculty meetings, classrooms, and others.

To request a small workshop for a class or department, please contact IRBAdmin@du.edu.