The University of Hartford participates in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Training Program for the Protection of Human Research Subjects.
Every researcher submitting a research proposal to the IRB must provide CITI certification of human subjects training for themselves and any other researchers participating. This includes student researchers, faculty supervising student research, and researchers from other institutions.
Certification from other training programs (e.g., NIH, NCI) will not be accepted as a replacement for CITI training.
Choose a Curriculum
Once you have created an account, the next step is to choose a curriculum. This is done by selecting "University of Hartford Courses" and then "Add a Course/Update Learner Groups."
Students doing research as part of a class project generally should select "Students conducting no more than minimal risk research." Faculty and students doing independent research (e.g., an independent study project, graduate level research, honors projects) should select “Social and Behavioral Research or Biomedical Research,” depending on the area of research.
Frequently Asked Questions
Researchers should complete the Proposal Transmittal Form available from this site and submit the completed form to the IRB in electronic form as a PDF document. Do not provide the IRB with thesis or dissertation proposals. The Proposal Transmittal Form provides instructions for all information that must be included. Also submit proof of CITI human subjects training for all research personnel. All surveys, questionnaires or interview questions must be provided as appendices to the Proposal Transmittal Form.
Submitted proposals will normally be reviewed and responded to within three to four weeks of a completed submission. There are times when the volume of submissions to the IRB are unusually high and proposal reviews may be delayed, however, every effort will be made to review proposals in a timely fashion.
The approval process is essentially the same. The University of Hartford's IRB must approve a research proposal that includes a member of the University community (student, faculty or staff). This may mean that a research proposal needs to be approved by more than one institution. In some cases, a single IRB will be used and an Institutional Authorization Agreement (IAA) will be completed to specify the IRB of record. If researchers are requested a single IRB, this information should be included in the Proposal Transmittal Form.
Researchers wishing to use a subject pool at another college or university, at an outside clinic, or agency must first obtain written permission from the outside entity to access those subjects. For example, if students from another university are to be part of the subject pool, written permission from that institution must be obtained, and this approval must be included in the Proposal Transmittal Form submitted to the University of Hartford IRB. The same guidelines apply to clients of outside agencies or clinics.
Any proposed research using members of the University community as subjects must be approved by the University of Hartford IRB prior to initiation of the study. This approval process may also include obtaining approval from a specific department, faculty member or college dean in order to gain access to a specific population of the campus.