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Ethics Training

All investigators involved with a project (including student research assistants and professors that are mentoring student research) must complete a course in ethics for human-subject research before proposals can be approved.

On completion of ethics training, investigators receive a certification that is valid for three years. Re-certification every three years is required. Manhattanville subscribes to an online training program, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), and as of January 2009 all new certifications must be obtained through online courses at CITI

To access the online training, visit, create an account, and choose Manhattanville College as your affiliation. When you click on "Add a course", you will be asked to select your curriculum. Scroll down to the Human Subjects Research area and choose one of the 6 learner groups, depending on your subject area and status:

Social/Behavioral Research (for investigators in the social and behavioral sciences)- required for all non-exempt projects. All course instructors or mentors of any non-exempt project (i.e. any project not deemed "minimal risk")  should take this course. 

Biomedical Research (for investigators in the biological or biomedical sciences)

Students conducting no more than minimal risk research (for all student research assistants as long as the research is classified as minimal risk*)

Education students engaged in fieldwork (for fieldwork or graduate projects)

Instructors (for course instructors where ALL projects in the course are deemed minimal risk" research.)

IRB Members (for members of the IRB only)

*Note that research assistants must complete the Social Behavioral Research course if the research is not minimal risk.

When the course is completed successfully, notification will be sent automatically to the IRB Chair; no further proof of completion needs to be submitted.