To ensure that research operations at Clark Atlanta University are efficient and in compliance with Federal, state and local regulations, several research compliance committees have been established to advise the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs on its research and sponsored program activities. These committees are: IRB/Human Subjects Committee; Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee; Biosafety Committee; Radiation Safety Committee; and Responsible Conduct of Research/Research Integrity Committee.
Biosafety Committee – ensures compliance with federal, state and local regulations regarding research applications that may involve hazardous chemicals, materials or recombinant genetic technology.
IRB/Human Subjects Committee – protects confidentiality of data for research and projects involving the use of human subjects and ensures protection against physical, psychological, social and legal risks in biomedical and behavioral research. Chair: Dr. Paul I. Musey Phone: 404.880.6829 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org IRB Policies and Procedures IRB_Policy Manual IRB Application - To obtain an IRB application click on IRB Application Submit one (1) copy of the application packet to Room 1001, Thomas W. Cole, Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology. The Package should include the following items:
Mandatory Training for Researchers Using Human Subjects – All investigators should read the IRB_Policy Manual. All investigators should take the appropriate mandatory training by accessing the website, www.citiprogram.org, and following the instructions to secure a login account, login, and complete the appropriate training module. Clark Atlanta University is enrolled in the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. This program replaces the previous training program sponsored through NIH. This course is designed for four (4) Learner groups with each consisting of several modules specially prepared for investigators conducting research in that group. All investigators should read the IRB_Policy Manual and Mandatory Training documents prior to accessing the CITI program. To access the CITI program, click on www.citiprogram.org to begin registration. IRB Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) - Please read the following.
The training may be fulfilled for the learner groups by completing required modules. Each module takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. The training modules may be completed in steps by completing a module, logging out, logging in at a later time, and completing more modules. A passing score of 70% or better is needed to meet the CAU IRB training requirement. Which CITI training module should I choose?
If you still have questions or are unsure which learner group to select, please contact the IRB office at (404) 880-6979 or (404) 880-6829. How do I start the Program? If you are a first-time CITI user, please review instructions on getting started. Log on to Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). How long will it take to complete the course? According to CITI, the average learner spends 3.5 hours completing the Basic Course training modules. The refresher course takes, on average, 2 hours to complete. Do I have to complete all the modules at once? No. CITI allows for multiple sign-ins, so you can complete the training at your convenience. CITI will keep track of your place each time you log out of the system. Is there a passing score for the training modules? Clark Atlanta University’s IRB office requires a minimal, cumulative passing score of 70%. Please remember that a quiz may be repeated to increase your score, but it must be done in one sitting. For how long is my training certificate valid? The basic course for any training module is valid for 2 years. After that, a refresher course of the appropriate learner group must be completed for recertification every 2 years. I received an e-mail from the IRB office stating that I completed the wrong training modules. How do I change my learner group, and will I have to complete additional modules for the correct learner group? You can change your learner group at any time in the CITI program. Log in to the program; click on "Add a course or Update Learner Groups," then click on the "update group" link. Select the appropriate learner group. The content of the training modules and quizzes are specific to each learner group. If there are any modules that weren't completed as part of the original learner group, you may have to complete additional modules to satisfy training requirements. If the "IRB Members & Staff" training was completed, there are no additional modules required for certification under the "Social & Behavioral" or "Biomedical" Research groups. Your training will be updated automatically and a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you from our office.
Radiation Safety Committee – ensures that the users of radioactive materials, or machines producing ionizing radiation comply with rules and regulations stated in Chapter 391-3-17, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and, further, to protect the health and safety of the workers from harmful effects of radiation by keeping all exposure As Low As Reasonably Possible (ALARA). Through a contractual agreement with Morehouse School of Medicine, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) radiation services are channeled through the MSM/AUC Radiation Safety Committee. CAU has two (2) representatives serving on this Committee.
Responsible Conduct of Research/ Research Integrity Committee – provides a relevant administrative process to investigate allegations of scientific misconduct for both funded and non-funded research; the committee also provides education on Responsible Conduct of Research. To access the web to view Clark Atlanta University’s Policies and Procedures on Responding to Misconduct in Research, visit Responsible Conduct of Research.