Catch the latest news, tips and advice that supports you and Florida Atlantic University in building a culture of research compliance.
Animal Care and Use Program Changes Coming
May 2015
At an open forum for all animal researchers at FAU on April 17, Vice President for Research Daniel Flynn, Ph.D., addressed an audience made up of faculty, staff and students from the Boca Raton, Jupiter, HBOI and Davie campuses, representing the colleges of medicine, science and education. The vision he shared with the group was one of progress and change. 

In Flynn's short tenure at FAU, he has recognized ... read more .
Stay Abreast of the Latest IACUC Policy Changes
At the open forum last month, researchers heard about updated IACUC policies. Those with research that falls under the purview of the IACUC are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these policies to assure compliance.

All IACUC policies are available for your review here. The IACUC began updating policies many months ago and ... read more.
Spotlight on HIPAA - Revisiting What it Means for Research

The Health Insurance Portability and Accessibility Act (HIPAA) ­- one of the main federal privacy and data security laws - has been around since 2003. At FAU, the effect of HIPAA on our daily lives has not been the same as academic medical centers, since we have largely been a social behavioral research institution until recent years. Now, FAU's Presidential HIPAA Task Force, which convened last year, is re-directing attention to how we will comply with HIPAA at FAU. 


Here's what you need to know:

  • Protected health information is ... read more.
New and Improved IRB Form Coming Soon

The IRB has a new IRB application form. The new form is more high tech with hover-over features that allow you to scroll over text to explain definitions and get additional clarification. The form also has pull down menu options to help standardize responses. These new changes are all in an effort to take the mystery out of filling in your IRB application form. The new form will be available after May 15 through the IRBNet portal and will be transitioned in through the end of May. 


Effective June 1, ONLY the new and improved version of the IRB application will be accepted, so please delete any old versions you may have stored on your hard drive

Here's a Technical Tip on Training
Having trouble uploading (linking) your CITI human subjects training report to your IRB project? Here's how you do it.

Step 1. Save your CITI completion report to your desktop. 
Step 2. Log into IRBNET and on the far right corner, click "User Profile." 
Step 3. Scroll to the bottom page. Click "Add New Record." 
Step 4. Select the document saved on your desktop, fill in short description, add effective date, expiration date and attach completion report. 
Step 4. Go back to your user profile and click SUBMIT. 

For more information, see an instructional tool here.

Remember to keep your CITI training current. Certification is valid for 3 years.
Student Employee Graduates and Joins Staff
Research Integrity congratulates Judith Martinez on her graduation with a Master's Degree in Higher Education and welcomes her to the Research Integrity team. She will join the staff as a coordinator. Martinez has been working with Research Integrity for the past two years and has proven herself to be an integral team member with her ability to streamline the office's operations and serve as a bilingual resource on research protocols.  A native of Miami, she previously obtained her B.S. in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She has a new-found appreciation for higher education and is a perfect fit for the mission of the Research Integrity office. Please join us in welcoming Judith to the FAU family.