All Principal Investigators and their advisors need to complete the CITI Human Subjects Training prior to applying for IRB approval.
We urge everyone to keep a copy of their CITI completion certificate. A hard copy needs to be included with the submission of IRB applications for researchers, advisors, and key personnel. We do not have access to the CITI database.
P.I.s planning to conduct research in New York City Public Schools need to receive approval from the DOE Education Accountability Assessment Office before research can begin. Read more about Conducting_Research_in_NYC_Schools.
Dissertation Proposal Clearance: Human Participants
CUNY has an ongoing agreement with the federal Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) of the Department of Health & Human Services concerning all research involving human participants (including interviews, oral history, and database research). That agreement requires prior approval of all research proposals and, if applicable, an annual continuing review by an official CUNY Institutional Review Board (IRB).
To assure compliance with this agreement, the Graduate Center has a requirement that all Ph.D., D.M.A., and D.S.W. students must submit a Dissertation Proposal Clearance: Human Participants Form or Clinical Research Project Clearance Form. The Registrar’s Office at the Graduate Center sends the forms to all Ph.D., D.M.A. and D.S.W. students when they advance to Level 3 and the form is distributed to all Clinical Doctoral (Au.D., DPH, DPT, and DNS degrees) students in class. Students should submit this form and, if applicable, an IRB application to the office indicated below after their dissertation topic and methodology are approved by their committee and before research begins. If there are substantial methodological changes that affect human subjects, you must notify the IRB.
- If human participants are involved in your research: Before you begin your research, submit a human subjects application to CUNY’s IRB. Applications and guidance information are also available at the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs and in Room 8309.
After your research has been approved by the IRB, complete the Clearance Form and attach a copy of CUNY’s IRB approval. Submit the form to the Office for Research and Sponsored Programs (address below).
- If human participants are not involved in your research: Complete the form and attach your project abstract and methodology and submit to: Kay Powell, IRB Administrator, The Graduate Center, Room 8309, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
If you are uncertain about the classification of your dissertation research, or have any questions, please contact Kay Powell, IRB Administrator, The Graduate Center (212) 817-7525, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the Research Foundation website at www.rfcuny.org for more information and additional links on Research Conduct.