In addition to HSRB approval, for departments that use CITI as part
of the training in ethics and Responsibility for Conducting Research,
it is necessary to take the "ethics in research" tutorial and
certification through CITI
(Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative),
whether your work with humans is exempt or not. Sample tutorials are
shown below to help you train your student researchers and to help you
assess whether your work is categorized as "research." See
the last bullet point below about HOW to take or add CITI courses
to your CITI account. You'll get a notice to take the ethics refresher
CITI tests near your 3-year expiration date. New researchers take
Social and Behavioral course. If your research is biomedically related,
take the Biomedical course. Everyone should take the Responsibly
Conducting Research course. Continuing researchers take the Refresher
Click here to read the rationalization for the CITI tutorials and tests
and to read more about exemptions. Taking the CITI tutorials is Hope
College's active attempt to prevent any unanticipated
problems/violations that have to be reported to the federal government and could shut down
your research and/or could threaten all research at Hope College.
Some Hope staff have already taken their ethics training through the
Cancer Institute (CI), which the HSRB deems as equivalent to CITI's training.
Your training is good for 3 years. Submit proof of training (from CITI
or the CI) along with your application to the HSRB. If we already have
your certificate on file, note the date you completed your training on
your HSRB application. When you take your refresher course in three years,
please take the CITI course unless doing so violates other regulations
that you are under.
Teachers who want their students to only read certain parts of the
CITI tutorial, can have their students click on the relevant tutorials
to see the material. Being "certified" means that a person
has clicked on the CITI link, registered with Hope College, and successfully
completed all tutorials and tests related to his/her discipline. Then
CITI will notify Hope College and the person completing the test that
the test taker is "certified."
How do I take the CITI tests?Click
here to go to the CITI Login and Registration Page. Enroll with
your Hope College email address, add relevant courses. Social Behavioral
Research is a must for all, as is Responsible Conduct of Research.
People with Biomedical interest add more. Read and take the tests at
your leisure, stop and start as needed. Once you pass, Hope College
is notified. If you are looking to add and complete the Responsible
Conduct of Research (RCR) tutorials, go to CITI, login, click on Add
A Course, add RCR.
When you enter a proposal in the HSRB system, you will need to type in your date of completion. If you have collaborators, their names and CITI completion dates are to be entered too. Faculty are responsible for training their student researchers with CITI training and keeping a paper copy of their own and their students’ CITI completion certificates.
Some of the topics covered in CITI training modules are listed below:
History and Ethical
Defining Research with
Risk in Social and Behavioral Research
Privacy and Confidentiality
HIPAA and Human Subject Research (Biomedical
Social and Behavioral Research
for Biomedical Researchers
Research in Public
Elementary & Secondary Schools (FERPA law)