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March-April 2019
Responsible Conduct of Research Summer Course

The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is now a credited course available to any FAU undergraduate, graduate or post-doctoral researcher. Beginning with Term 2 of Summer 2019, this two-credit course, open to all of FAU, will be offered through the College of Education on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This course will encompass material previously included in the four-part workshop format and includes a more in-depth look at the areas of responsible research including authorship, data management, research misconduct and more. If you have already participated in the workshop you may still be interested in taking this course which will expand on topics learned there and includes new topics such as intellectual property and social responsibility in research.
Research Integrity is also currently developing an RCR Implementation Plan to better inform researchers at FAU on the necessary training requirements as applicable to different funding agencies. 

Using CITI

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) is a training platform offered by various universities and institutions. If you have previously completed CITI training at a different institution, it is necessary that you affiliate with FAU to receive appropriate credit for your training. FAU may have additional modules or requirements that you will need to complete to receive your training certificate.
To affiliate, login to your CITI account. From the “Courses” page, click “Add Affiliation” and click to affirm the next two check boxes. Though you are asked for an institutional email address, you may use your personal email if you are not employed by FAU or are not an FAU student but are collaborating with a student, faculty or staff member.  

Attention Researcher s IRB Research Application Forms Updated

The Revised Common Rule, federal regulations went into effect on Jan. 21 and with it came updates to the IRB application form and templates. Going forward, please go into “Forms and Templates” each time you submit an IRB application. Old forms will no longer be accepted as we adhere to the new common rule. All forms are accessible through the IRBNet portal. If you do not have an account, register under “New User Registration” at .
Changes at a glance:
·       IRB application form – revised to include new Exempt Review categories
·       Consent form templates – revised in Confidentiality section and Questions About Research
·       Several consent form templates are available. Use the consent template that is pertinent to your respective research.
NOTE: Research Integrity Now Available on Jupiter Campus

Research Integrity’s Animal Research Protections Program (ARPP), which supports the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), now has an office at FAU’s Jupiter campus to better assist researchers based there. Dana Mulvaney, IACUC coordinator, is available to meet with PIs and labs on Wednesdays on the Jupiter campus in MC17 (RF), room 227.
On select Fridays, Kristen Ware, Ph.D., associate director of ARPP, offers ethics training for students at Jupiter and is available to meet with PIs to answer questions. 
Boater Training Requirements

There are additional training requirements for FAU boaters. Anyone seeking approval to operate a motorized vessel under the auspices of FAU must a) successfully complete the Florida Safe Boater Course (or Florida-approved equivalent), b) successfully complete the U.S. Department of the Interior Motorboat Operator Certification Course (MOCC) and c) demonstrate operational proficiency in specific boats, based on the research conducted. For the free Florida Safe Boater Course, click  here . The MOCC is provided regularly by FAU’s Environmental Health and Safety Department free of charge to FAU personnel. 
Visit the Division of Research’s  Diving and Boating website  to view this and other guidance documents. For questions about diving and boating safety, contact FAU’s Diving and Boating Safety Officer Lizzie McNamee at .


Cancelling animal research training
Please notify Helen Munchow if you are unable to attend an IACUC hands-on-training workshop for which you've already registered. Contact Dana Mulvaney for ethics training workshops, both no later than 24 hours in advance of the training.
Monthly Training
Training is available for researchers working with human or animal subjects. Check out the training calendars to register now. We invite you to set an appointment for IRB or IACUC related questions – even before submitting your protocol – using the training calendars below.

IACUC Semi-annual Facility Inspections

Spring semi-annual facility inspections are here. IACUC members are visiting all labs, vivaria and satellite facilities during the month of April. Check your email for the schedule of inspections for your area. It is important for your labs to be prepared for the IACUC inspectors. Having senior lab personnel present to answer questions and talk with the IACUC members is advantageous to the inspectors and the inspection process. If you have questions, please email or

IRB 101 in Your Classroom

If students need guidance in the research submission process to IRB, Research Integrity’s Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) staff members are available to speak to your class.
Staff will present an IRB 101 hands-on overview or discuss questions or concerns before submitting an IRB new project application.
You may also request a private workshop for your students to attend at the Research Integrity office.

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