All researchers are required to have adequate training in research ethics prior to receiving IRB approval. Adequate training includes undergraduate or graduate level training in research methods and ethics (e.g., a research methods course).

If the researcher has not completed adequate ethics training in a Whitman College class, they must complete the CITI Basic certification before submitting an IRB proposal.

Access the CITI portal via this link below. Affiliate yourself with Whitman College, and create a username and password. Answer course enrollment questions and select “human subject protection” courses.

Based on your research, select from:

  • Social and behavioral research investigators
  • Biomedical research investigators
  • Data or lab specimens
  • Note: you do not need to complete coursework related to IRB members or institutional/signatory officials.
  • If your research receives external grant funding, you likely do need to complete the “responsible conduct of researchers” training.

Your selections will then appear on the CITI “home page.” Complete the required training program(s). Include copies of your completion certificate(s) with your IRB proposal.

Link to CITI: 

If you have additional questions about CITI and compliance with institutional research requirements, please contact Tana Park, Sponsored Programs Coordinator.