MSA Resources: MSA Forms/Templates

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MSA Forms/Templates

The fillable PDF will accept either a digital signature (see instructions in Student Guide) or a typed signature.  



Institutional Review Board

The majority of MSA students will complete the research review application process.  Students with projects meeting the definition of research will be required to complete CITI training and go through CMU's IRB (Institution Review Board) process. 

CMU's Office of Research and Graduate Studies oversees this process.  ORGS has adopted a software package called IRBNet that is designed to be open to the entire CMU research community and assists in the management and oversight that support IRB, IACUC, and other compliance boards with one unified solution.  IRBNet will allow for online submission of research proposals involving humans and animals and will create required reporting documents for the oversight and regulatory offices. IRBNet is an enterprise-class, hosted toolset that is secure and accessible from anywhere, anytime on any platform. Users need only have an internet connection and a browser, thus making it possible for our off-campus programs to use this system for submission of proposals.

Please review the following guide to get started on IRBNet.  Contact the MSA Office for additional assistance (989-774-2367).  Please note that the instructor must be listed as the primary investigator on all IRB forms.

Online Training in the Use of Human Subjects (CITI)

CITI training is only required for students who need the IRB process because they plan to use human subjects in their research and either publish project results or disseminate to a wider audience. CMU has adopted the online training system offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). CITI offers courses in the responsible conduct of research and can be individualized for specific university needs.  CITI allows for the tracking of individuals who have completed their respective training requirements. Thus, individuals who are required to complete training in human subjects research would complete only the training relevant in this area.

Students and their instructors will register with CITI and complete the Basic Human Subjects—Social and Behavioral Focus course.  The course must be completed at 80% or better for each module.  This training must be in place prior to submission of any IRB materials through IRBNet.

ORSP (Office of Research and Graduate Studies, 989-774-6401)

IRB Committee Information

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