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Research Compliance

Education & Training

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.  The CITI online courses are provided at no charge to DU investigators and their research team members.

DU recognizes valid CITI training for four (4) years from the completion date.  Prior to expiration, it is recommended that researcher log into their CITI account and complete one of the Refresher training courses.  Every four years, a Refresher curriculum/learner group should be completed in order to maintain and fulfill valid training requirements.

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

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). Follow the "Click here to affiliate with another institution" link on your Main Menu. (2) 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. Enroll in the same stage of the course for a proper transfer to occur (e.g., Basic/Refresher). (3) Once you are enrolled in the courses, any modules and courses that are shared between the institutions will automatically transfer the credits.


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.

Human Subject Protection Education

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. This training requirement also applies to both currently active and future research submitted to the DU IRB. All study team members must have current training in order to receive approval from the DU IRB. 

Human Subjects Research Training - IRB

Animal Welfare Education

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.

Animal Research CITI Training

Biosafety Education

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.

Biosafety Training - IBC

Conflict of Interest (COI)

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.

Conflicts of Interest Training 

Responsible Conduct of Research

Effective January 4, 2010 the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires that all undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral research fellows, who are submitting new proposals for NSF funding receive training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This requirement was also adopted and expanded to include scholars by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), effective January 25, 2010. The RCR online modules through CITI are available to investigators to assist in fulfilling this training requirement.

Responsible Conduct of Research