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Education and Training

The Villanova IRB requires several mandatory trainings for ALL individuals listed on any protocol:



FCOI Disclosure: Read Financial Conflict of Interest policy, then complete an electronic disclosure via COI Risk Manager. Research faculty should have received an email with an access URL. Student researchers must email their VU User Name to the Conflict of Interest Committee to be given access. Must re-submit annually if actively involved in research at Villanova.
All four CITI Trainings listed below: Create an account at the CITI Program website, selecting Villanova University from the pull-down. To choose correct CITI courses, you will be prompted to fill out a questionnaire when you log in.   
1. CITI Conflicts of Interest (COI) (Do not confuse the COI COURSE with the COI MODULE in the other CITI courses.) Choose YES in the questionnaire when asked if you would like to take the COI course.  Refresher required every 4 yrs.
2. CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) according to department. When you first log in to CITI, use the questionnaire to guide your choice. Refresher required every 3 yrs.
3. CITI Human Subjects Research according to department. There are two choices: Biomedical Research - Basic/Refresher or Social & Behavioral Research - Basic/Refresher. Refresher required every 3 yrs.
4. CITI Revised Common Rule In practice of implementing the January 2019 regulatory changes governing human subjects research, all researchers submitting protocols for review will be required to complete Revised Common Rule CITI training (a standalone course). However, if you completed the Basic Human Subjects Course (Social/Behavioral – Basic or Biomedical – Basic) after Jan. 20, 2019, you have satisfied this requirement and do not need to take the standalone course.

*Email the Conflict of Interest Committee with your username and department to be added to the system if you have not previously completed the FCOI disclosure form. You will receive confirmation via e-mail.*

Education/Training Resources Offered by ORP

Contact Kaitlin Gottuso for more information.

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OHRP Decision Trees

Need help deciding what review category is applicable for your research? Visit the OHRP website for helpful decision trees.

If you still require assistance deciding, contact