Ethics Tutorial

Institutional Review Board


Contact Information

Davidson Hall - Room 208

Email is our preferred method of communication. For all questions and submissions please email:

Dr. Laura Bowman

IRB Chair

Dr. Jim Conway

IRB Vice Chair




Ethics Tutorial for All Researchers

All investigators and staff who will be named in a research protocol involving human subjects at CCSU must complete a Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) ethics tutorial program. The mandatory program required through CITI is based upon a researcher’s status as an undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty or staff member, or IRB member: Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative

CCSU researchers who do not have an existing account with CITI will have to register for a new account by typing in and then selecting "Central Connecticut State University" from the "Select Your Organization Affiliation" menu. Establishing a CITI account is free for all researchers affiliated with CCSU.

Once registered, researchers will be prompted to select an IRB ethics tutorial program. Group 1 is for undergraduate students, Group 2 is for faculty and graduate students, and Group 3 is for IRB members. For researchers who prefer to complete the IRB ethics program in Spanish, Group 4 is the Spanish version of the undergraduate student course and Group 5 is the Spanish version of the faculty and graduate student course. Proof of the appropriate Group 1, 2, or 3 training (or the Spanish language equivalent) is a required component of the IRB protocol for each CCSU researcher named on the IRB form. If a CCSU researcher is collaborating with a researcher from another institution, please consult with the IRB Administrator as to whether or not the CCSU IRB can accept the ethics training required by the collaborating researcher’s home institution.

Researchers who are registering in CITI for the first time will need to complete several registration pages to access their courses. You can find a preview of the registration process here.

Researchers who need to download their CITI completion certificate for an IRB protocol can find directions for that process here.

Haga clic aquí para obtener una vista previa de las instrucciones de registro en español.

Each learner group includes a set of required modules to complete along with electives. It is possible to start the tutorial then log off to return later to finish.

If you initially choose the wrong program group, would like to add another program group, or would like to explore additional available modules, select the “Add a Course” option at the bottom of your screen. This option will appear on your personal courses page under the “Learner Tools” menu once you complete the registration process.

For animal care and use courses, new researchers should select the “Animal Care and Use (ACU) Courses” option, which will take users to a separate menu for those courses. Researchers with existing CITI accounts may also access the ACU courses through the “Add a Course” option under the “Learner Tools” menu.

CITI certificates of completion for the appropriate Group 1, Group 2, or Group 3 coursework (or the Spanish language equivalent) must be submitted with the Initial Protocol Submission Form for review by the IRB. Certificates of completion for the NIH Protecting Human Research Participants course certificates are no longer accepted by the IRB. NIH discontinued the (NIH) Protecting Human Research Participants course in 2018.