Why is the training required?
Ball State University policy, effective January 1, 2010 (IRB) and September 1, 2010 (IACUC), requires all researchers and research team members submitting to either the IRB or IACUC complete an approved educational training. Ball State University has contracted with CITI to provide this training in fulfillment of this requirement. Per Section IV-B-1-h of the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant or Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules, all research participants listed in an IBC protocol must complete the online NIH Guidelines training.
Who must take CITI training?
All personnel listed on a Ball State University research project (i.e. Principal Investigator, Faculty Advisor, Key Personnel) must complete the CITI training prior to approval for studies.
How often must I take CITI training?
CITI training will expire after three years. Your CITI training must have been completed within the last three years in order for you to be approved for research at Ball State University. When your training expires, you can take the Basic/Refresher course in the applicable section.
Is CITI training required if I received CITI certification at another institution?
Not necessarily. First, you will need to affiliate with Ball State University through the CITI web site. The Director of Research Integrity will evaluate if the training you've obtained is consistent with the requirements of Ball State University.
How long does it take to complete the training?
Most users can complete the training in a few hours.
Do I have to take the training all at once?
You may start and stop at any point. Just remember your username and password so you can log back into the training. You can complete additional learner groups in the future too.
What is a passing score?
A passing score of at least 80% is required for each module.
What do I do if I forget my username and password?
Instructions on how to retrieve your username and password can be found on the CITI website.
How do I obtain my certificate of completion?
After you finish the required modules, you will be issued a completion report. The report can be printed from the Learner's Menu.
Do I need to submit my certificate of completion to the IRB or the IACUC?
Yes. The IRB or the IACUC is notified when you complete the training. To increase processing speed of your protocol, please upload a copy of your certificate of completion to IRBNet as part of your protocol submission.
Who can I contact if I have questions or problems?
Please contact the Office of Research Integrity with questions pertaining to Ball State University. For questions about the CITI web site, please contact CITI.