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Research Compliance

Education & Training


The Research Compliance Administrators within the Office of Research Integrity & Education strive to provide the best customer service to assist investigators with completing their research applications in preparation for review by one of the compliance committees (IRB, IACUC or IBC). Please click on the relevant image below to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your research or request assistance in completing the required forms and documents for obtaining protocol approval.

IRB Support

IRB Consultation

ibc support

IBC Consultation

iacuc consultation

IACUC Consultation

TRAINING through the  CITI program

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 Protection Training in CITI:
        For Faculty
        For Students
        For Unaffiliated Investigators

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.

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

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

Transferring Training from Another Institution 

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

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. 

Please note: If you have completed CITI training affiliated with another institution, DU will not have access to those records. Investigators must affiliate their training records with the University of Denver in order for the IRB staff to validate the appropriate training has been completed.

Reference Guide: Transfer Certification from Another Institution

Questions or CITI Help

Technical issues should be forwarded to: CITI Support 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.