It is important for the success of your project that you ensure your proposal and corresponding work is within compliance of the terms of your award.

Getting Started with CITI Training - Instructions 

  •  Go to and click the "register" button.  
  •  Select Southeast Missouri State University as your institution; do not do the training as an independent       learner.  
  •  Check “I Agree to Terms of Service and Privacy Policy” 
  •  Check “I affirm that I am an affiliate of Southeast Missouri State University.” 
  •  Click the “Continue to Create Your CITI Program Username/Password” button. 
  •  Fill out the form with your personal information. Use your SE email as the primary email account.  
  •  Choose a username, password, and security question and answer. 
After you have registered, you will have the opportunity to select your training via four questions. If you are not required to do Human Subjects or Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) courses, you may need to select “Not at this time.” (at the bottom of the options) for Question 1 and/or Question 2 in order to submit the form.  
Most courses have multiple options. You should select the one most closely related to your discipline/field or your work or committee responsibilities. For example, if you are a conducting research with Human Subjects for a Sociology project, you would select “IRB for Social and Behavioral.” If you are a member of the Institutional Review Board, you would select “IRB for IRB Committee Members.” 
Similarly, choose "Working with the IACUC Course" if you plan to use lab animals in your work, and scroll down to select the appropriate species module as well.  
If you need to take Responsible Conduct of Research training, select the appropriate course based on your discipline/field of research.  
Finally, if you need to take the Conflicts of Interest course, you will only need to select whether you are a researcher (someone working on a research or scholarly project) or an administrator.  
  • After choosing your courses, click "submit", and then choose Southeast Missouri State University Courses. Click on one of the selected courses, and you will see a list of modules to be completed.  
  • Click on a module to begin training. The modules are not timed; each has a set of learning objectives and a quiz at the end. You need to complete all modules with an average score of 80% or better to complete the training successfully. You can return to any module and retake the quiz at any time before completing the course.  
  •  When you have completed a course, notice will be sent automatically to appropriate University personnel. You can also print the completion report/certificate if you wish.

Southeast Missouri State University is committed to creating an environment that promotes responsible conduct in research, fosters integrity within the research community, and complies with federal requirements. The responsible and ethical conduct of research is critical in achieving excellence, as well as maintaining the public trust, in the sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering. Many federal agencies require training in the Responsible Conduct of Research for faculty, staff, students and others involved in the design and conduct of research. This requirement applies for direct funding from federal agencies and funds received as pass-through (subawards and subcontracts) from other organizations. Typically, this training must be completed by all appropriate parties within 90 days of the start date of the project. To facilitate this training, Southeast Missouri State subscribes to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. CITI’s web-based training materials meet federal requirements and are used by millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world. Using this web-based training allows learners to work on their own time and at their own pace in completing the training requirements. The training consists of a series of modules, which do not have to be completed in one session. CITI training can be accessed at Once on the CITI homepage, users should  

  • Click on the Register button under Create an Account. 
  • Select an organizational affiliation by typing in the University’s name.  Hint:   by the time you type Southeast, the University name should appear in the drop-down list and you can select it.  
  • Follow the prompts to set up an affiliated account and username and password. 
  • Select the required training, which, in this instance, will be the RCR training modules. 

Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest in research may occur when outside financial interests compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, the professional judgment of a researcher with responsibility for the design, conduct, or reporting of research.

Research Subjects

Federal regulations require oversight of research involving human subjects, as well as research and educational activities involving animal subjects. Southeast has committees who are responsible for providing that oversight.

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