Research Ethics Certification

The Saint Leo IRB requires that all Principal Investigators and faculty advisors include proof of research ethics certification with their applications. Applications that do not include a current certificate (see additional information below) for the PI and the Faculty Advisor in the case of student applications, will be considered incomplete and sent back to the PI without review.

All nationally-recognized certifications addressing the ethics of research involving human subjects, such as the NIH or CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) certification, are acceptable. Institution-specific trainings are not. If you are not sure whether your certification will qualify, please submit it for review at irb@saintleo.edu.

For members of the Saint Leo community who do not already have a certification, or who need to renew a CITI certification, Saint Leo University provides access to the CITI program, using your Saint Leo username and a password of your choice. Please click here to access the site. In case of technical difficulties with this site, please contact Dr. Brian Camp.

Faculty and staff:

Certification is valid for 3 years. For those taking the CITI training, the basic training for Social and Behavioral sciences is recommended. Applicants whose certification has expired should take the refresher course and submit their updated certification with their application.

Student applicants:

Certification is valid for 1 year. Those taking the CITI training need to register as “Student Researchers” to access the student modules. Please note that the “Good Clinical Practice Course” is not acceptable. Applicants whose certification has expired should take the refresher course and submit their updated certification with their application.