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Mandatory Research Integrity Training

Saint Anselm College expects faculty, staff, and students to conduct their work, including sponsored projects and research, with the highest degree of integrity. Likewise, federal sponsors are increasingly imposing requirements for grantee institutions to demonstrate the proficiency of their investigators in the ethical considerations inherent in research. These requirements reflect a shared societal concern for the proper stewardship of public dollars in support of research, the ethical treatment of human subjects, and the humane care and use of animals in research. Saint Anselm College shares these commitments and therefore puts forward the following training requirements. This policy constitutes minimum standards set forth by Saint Anselm College. Specific sponsors may have more stringent training requirements, in which case investigators supported by those sponsors are required to adhere to those requirements.

There are three areas of research integrity training covered by this institutional policy:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research training (for those supported under externally funded research grants)
  • Protection of Human Subjects training (for all individuals conducting research with human subjects, regardless of funding source)
  • Animal Care and Use training (for all individuals conducting research with vertebrate animals, regardless of funding source)

RCR Training

Applicability: This Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirement applies only to externally sponsored research. The policy does not apply to other types of externally sponsored/funded projects. For example, externally sponsored projects that are primarily creative or artistic in nature, or grants supporting instruction or service delivery are not covered by this policy. This policy also does not apply to internally funded research.

This requirement applies to all individuals (faculty, staff, and students) supported under externally sponsored research projects. For the purposes of this policy, the term "supported" means receiving payment for personal services (e.g., salary or wages).

This RCR training policy is in effect for all externally sponsored awards received on July 1, 2010 or after.

Requirement: All faculty, staff, and student researchers supported under externally sponsored research projects are required to complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) online training course made available through the Grants and Foundation Relations website. Individuals shall register on the CITI site, affiliate themselves with Saint Anselm College, and choose the appropriate RCR course based on the individual's discipline (e.g., Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Physical Sciences etc.). Upon completion of the course, the Grants and Foundation Relations Office will automatically receive a completion notification for the individual which will be made available to external sponsors by request. Training certifications are valid for a period of three years, after which time it is the individual's responsibility to complete a "refresher" CITI module.

Sponsor funds will not be released to the Principal Investigator of a sponsored project until documentation of his/her completion of the RCR course is received. It is the Principal Investigator's responsibility to ensure each current or future member of his/her research team supported by sponsor funds (including students) also completes the training course.

Faculty, staff, and students conducting research activities not supported under externally sponsored projects are not required to complete this training, but are strongly encouraged to do so. Saint Anselm College has purchased a campus-wide membership to the CITI training site and all members of our community are encouraged to utilize this resource.

Additionally, faculty are encouraged to consider ways in which the training course may be incorporated into their course work to enhance student understanding of research ethics.

IRB Protection of Human Subjects Training

Applicability: This Institutional Review Board (IRB) training requirement applies to all faculty, staff, or students conducting activities that meet the definition of human subjects research, regardless of whether those activities are externally funded, internally funded, or unfunded. Individuals needing clarity on whether their activity meets the definition of human subjects research should contact the IRB Chair, whose contact information is listed on the Grants and Foundation Relations website.

This IRB training policy is in effect for all human subjects research protocols submitted to the IRB as of July 1, 2010 or later.

Requirement: Individuals conducting human subjects research are required to complete the CITI Institutional Review Board (IRB) online training course made available through the Office of Grants and Foundation Relations website. Individuals shall register on the CITI site and affiliate themselves with Saint Anselm College. Upon completion of the course, the Grants and Foundation Relations Officer and the Chair of the Saint Anselm College IRB will automatically receive a completion notification for the individual which will be made available to external sponsors (if applicable) by request. Training certifications are valid for a period of three years, after which time it is the individual's responsibility to complete a "refresher" CITI module.

Faculty, staff, and students are reminded that no research with human subjects may be conducted without the advance review and approval of the Saint Anselm College IRB. IRB protocols will not be approved without documentation of the completion of the required training by the Principal Investigator. It is the Principal Investigator's responsibility to ensure each current or future member of his/her research team (including students) engaged in human subjects research also completes the training course.

Additionally, faculty are encouraged to consider ways in which the training course may be incorporated into their course work to enhance student understanding of the ethical considerations involved in human subjects research.

IACUC Training

Applicability: This Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) training requirement applies to all faculty, staff, or students conducting research with vertebrate animals, regardless of whether those activities are externally funded, internally funded, or unfunded.

This IACUC training policy is in effect for all animal research protocols submitted to the IACUC as of July 1, 2010 or later.

Requirement: Individuals conducting research with vertebrate animals are required to complete the CITI Lab Animal online training course made available through the Office of Grants and Foundation Relations website. Individuals shall register on the CITI site and affiliate themselves with Saint Anselm College. Upon completion of the course, the Grants and Foundation Relations Officer and the Chair of the Saint Anselm College IACUC will automatically receive a completion notification for the individual which will be made available to external sponsors (if applicable) by request. Training certifications are valid for a period of three years, after which time it is the individual's responsibility to complete a "refresher" CITI module.

Faculty, staff, and students are reminded that no research with vertebrate animals may be conducted without the advance review and approval of the Saint Anselm College IACUC. IACUC protocols will not be approved without documentation of the completion of the required training by the Principal Investigator. It is the Principal Investigator's responsibility to ensure each current or future member of his/her research team (including students) engaged in animal research also completes the training course.

Additionally, faculty are encouraged to consider ways in which the training course may be incorporated into their course work to enhance student understanding of the ethical considerations involved in the use of animals in research.

Saint Anselm College IRB approved 8/18/10