Compliance for Human Subjects Research

The mission of the Fredonia Human Subjects Review Committee is to ensure that the rights, welfare, privacy, and dignity of human subjects are adequately protected in research conducted by our faculty, staff, and students.

CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) is your go-to for training. It is an external site used by many institutions to standardize training about ethical research practices.

  • Go to the CITI Course at www.citiprogram.org to complete Fredonia's required Human Subjects Training.
  • At the CITI site, click to Register.
  • Create an account and a profile.
  • Then you will see the link to Fredonia, to connect your account with our campus.

Dr. Richard Weist conducting researchThe Fredonia Institutional Review Board (IRB) - called the Human Subjects Review Committee - is charged with reviewing proposed research involving human subjects, to ensure the protection of those subjects and compliance with federal regulations.

Fredonia maintains that every member of the University community has the responsibility to ensure that research is conducted ethically and with rigorous compliance with standards and practices. Together, we will ensure public trust, safeguard the welfare of human subjects, and promote scientific discovery.

Use these guidelines to better understand your responsibilities:

1. Check to see that your CITI certificate is current; it must be renewed every 2 years. (See section above for CITI information.) If you need to certify or re-certify, please complete the training before proceeding with your application.

2. To better understand the process, review:

3. Complete the Human Subjects Review Application Form in Word or PDF versions. You may upload to your Fredonia (only) Google Drive and share, to submit. Remember:

  • Use headings and subheadings as appropriate with logical and consistent formatting.
  • Number your pages.
  • When you have finished the first draft, read it again to see if you can shorten it without compromising clarity and requirements.
  • Check off all needed items.
  • Insert signatures digitally; alternatively, sign a hard copy and scan your document.

4. Submit your Form digitally only to humansub@fredonia.edu at least a full month before you plan to begin your research. You will not need to submit a hard copy at this time.

5. If you plan to pay participants, read our guidance on Payment of Human Subjects, then use the Form to submit with your main human subjects application. Access Word or PDF versions of the form.

In 1974, Congress passed the National Research Act creating the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The National Commission wrote the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (commonly called the Belmont Report). Investigators assume the ultimate ethical responsibility for their work with human subjects.

Use these resources to expand your understanding about research with human subjects.

Do you have questions? Reach out to Dr. Kathleen Gradel @ humansub@fredonia.edu or gradel@fredonia.edu, using a subject line indicating your interest in Human Subjects.