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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 link below:

CITI Program

Other Institutional Affiliations

If you have completed CITI training through another institution you may receive credit for identical modules already completed.  This is accomplished by either 1) loggin into the same CITI account and adding another Institutional Affiliation (University of Denver - Colorado Seminary) allowing the CITI software to automatically recognize multiple affiliations and "sum the curriculum" from your previous CITI training to avoid duplicating previously completed modules, or 2) click on the Merge Duplicate Accounts heading on the CITI homepage.


Technical issues should be forwarded to: or by calling 305-243-7970.

Questions regarding the University of Denver's educational requirements should be referred to the DU Office of Research Integrity & Educaiton 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.

Education in the Ethical Use and Care of Animals in Research - IACUC

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