Basic CITI Learner Instructions
The following are basic learner instructions to logon to your CITI site for the first time. Please go to www.citiprogram.org to register for your CITI online training:
- Once there, simply click on "New Users Register Here".
- Under "Select your institution or organization" page, please select Gardner-Webb University in the "Participating Institutions" drop down box.
- Next, proceed to create your own username and password and select your Learner Group.
- If you are doing “exempt research” (see definition below), please select the Students Conducting no more than Minimal Risk Research Learner Group. (If you have questions in determining your type of research, please consult your professor or research advisor)
- If you are doing “exempt research” (see definition below), you may affiliate with the Researchers Conducting no more than Minimal Risk Research Learner Group. (If you have questions about determining your type of research, please consult your professor or research advisor.)
- If you are doing “expedited research” (see definition below) , please select either the Social & Behavioral Research Investigators Learner Group or the Biomedical Research Investigators Learner Group, whichever is appropriate for your field and type of research project. (If you have questions in determining your type of research, please consult your professor or research advisor.)
- If you are a School of Education graduate student, please affiliate with the School of Education Learner Group.
- After going through the brief registration process you will be ready and setup as a CITI Learner under Gardner-Webb’s setup requirements.
- When you have completed all required modules for your chosen Learner Group, please print your certificate of completion and include this document with your IRB application and/or provide it as evidence to your professor.
If you have questions concerning this process, feel free to contact either of the following:
Dr. Jeff Rogers
Dr. Angela Shores
Best wishes with your research!
CATEGORIES OF RESEARCH
Exempt Research (46.101 of Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46)
Exempt research is conducted in regular courses at Gardner-Webb under the supervision of a professor. Participation is anonymous, all data are recorded so that the research participants may not be identified, the data collected (self-esteem test, stress survey, etc.) is not controversial (e.g., surveys are not on sensitive topics such as sexual behavior or drugs), and the human subjects involved are not members of vulnerable populations (e.g., children*, prisoners, mentally disabled). The word “exempt” may be misleading; it is not meant to imply that the activity is not reviewed, only that the activity is not subject to continuing IRB review if granted exemption. The IRB departmental Representative and IRB Departmental Members approve research at this level.
*Research with children may be exempt if done in normal educational settings and involving no deception, withholding of information, or radical educational practices.
Expedited Research (46.110 of Title 45, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46)
Expedited research is approved at the departmental level by two IRB Representatives and the IRB Administrator, Chair, or Institutional Official (whichever is outside the researcher’s department). It does not require discussion at a convened board meeting. This category includes minor changes in previously approved research, and research that is considered “minimal risk” (collecting data on weight or blood samples, or test/retest data). Expedited review protocols are subject to continuing review by the IRB on an annual basis. Researchers in this category must obtain informed consent in writing for all research participants.
Non-Exempt (Full) Review Research requires review by the full IRB.
This would include research that is more than “minimal risk” in that it could cause harm or discomfort greater than that encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests. Non-exempt research also includes research:
- where informed consent is not possible;
- involving deception;
- involving researchers outside of GWU
- involving vulnerable populations.