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Human Subjects Research Training

Training Requirement

Davidson College requires all  investigators: faculty, students, staff (anyone named as personnel on a new or existing non-exempt research project),  and  faculty serving as faculty sponsors for student research projects, to complete human subjects training using the modified Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) Assurance Training Modules (PDF).

Module 1: Health and Human Services (HHS) Regulations and Institutional Responsibilities
Module 2: Investigator Responsibilities and Informed Consent
Module 3: Human Research Protections Program

Once you have read through all three modules, answer the quiz questions by filling in the answer key and attest to the completion of the training by "signing and dating" (typing your name and date of completion) on the last page of the training PDF.  This document must be submitted to  Upon receipt, a training certificate will be prepared and sent to you, along with the answers to the quiz.  This training will satisfy the Davidson College training requirement for one year from the date of completion.

Does your project require training certification?

  • Non-exempt Research: Training is mandatory.
  • Exempt Research: Training recommended but not mandatory. Note that if a protocol submitted for exemption is subsequently determined to be non-exempt, training must be completed prior to approval.
  • Course-related Research: Professor must complete training. Students should complete training following non-exempt and exempt research guidelines above.
  • Faculty Sponsors for Student Research Projects: Professors must complete training in line with their student's research, i.e., if reviewing non-exempt research, training must be completed; if reviewing exempt research, training recommended but becomes mandatory if research is determined to be non-exempt after IRB review.

The IRB may accept alternate training in lieu of NIH training if the researcher can produce documentation indicating completion of a comparable training course, the training mechanism and the date of completion. Such documentation should accompany the application submission or be sent to the IRB office upon request.

Federal Compliance

Davidson College's access to federal research funding depends on compliance with federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research as governed by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). OHRP requires that all members of the college's Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) and any individual conducting and/or supervising federally-funded research involving human subjects complete a program of instruction on the responsible treatment of human subjects.  Further, OHRP recommends that all research investigators complete appropriate institutional educational training before conducting human subjects research.