Research Compliance

To be eligible for federal research funds, and to continue expending these funds after awarded, the College must comply with federal and state statutes and regulations related to research compliance. The Office of Sponsored Programs and Research coordinates the workings of South College’s internal compliance committee whose purpose is to review, approve and regulate any research involving human subjects.  The committee is described below.  The Committee Chair and members can be contacted through the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research.


South College offers web-based research training through a subscription with Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  CITI training provides research ethics education to all members of the research community.  South College offers training in the following areas:

  • Animal Care and Use
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Biohazard/Radiation Safety

The CITI course is a protected site.  New researchers (students, faculty, and staff) at South College are required to participate in research training through the CITI program.  Below is the link for registering on CITI by creating a username and password:


When registered and logged in, click the “new users” section and complete the information requested by South College.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

  • Regulated by the policies and procedures as published in the Code of Federal Regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services, the IRB is charged with the protection of human subjects used in research and has adopted the policies and procedures of the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki and the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.
  • South College Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) number is 00019323. South College’s IRB Committee is compliant with appropriate federal regulations that require a diverse and educated membership with specific qualifications and training.
  • Forms required for research protocol submission (must be a hard copy to Committee Chair) include:
    • IRB Questionnaire
    • Submission Guidelines
    • Sample informed consent