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Training

Webster University requires that Research Ethics Training must be completed by all individuals who are conducting research involving human subjects.  This includes not only the Principal Investigator, but anyone who will be in contact with human participants or their data, including the faculty supervisor (if the Principal Investigator is a student).

The purpose of research ethics training is to ensure that all regulatory and ethical factors are known and considered by all researchers, ensuring the highest standards in human subject protection.

The preferred training course* is administered via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and includes modules on human subjects research and biomedical research ethics.  Once you have completed the training course, you will need to send proof of completion (Completion Report) to irb@webster.edu.  The certificate is valid for three years from the date of completion.  IRB applications will not be reviewed before Completion Reports are on file for all researchers and, if necessary, all faculty supervisors. 

(* If you have completed this or other training at a different institution, you may submit this certificate in place of completing the CITI training at this time.  Again, the certificate is valid for three years from date of completion.)

Instructions for accessing the CITI training modules:

University researchers should first visit the CITI website (https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/) to initially register. 

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Note: If you are already a CITI member:

·      Login on the far right hand side of the CITI homepage.

·      Click the tab for Webster University Courses, then click “click here” to add a course, which should take you to the menu of the basic courses.

·      If you took courses through another institution then follow the Affiliate with another Institution instructions.

All Webster University faculty, students, and staff conducting human subjects or biomedical research will need to have a record of their research compliance on file prior to conducting any research.

We understand that the new system will be accompanied by a learning curve. If you have any questions about CITI, please contact ccorley@webster.edu or michaelsauer57@webster.edu. Please direct IRB-related questions to Mary Preuss (marypreuss34@webster.edu) or Eric Goedereis (ericgoedereis18@ webster.edu).