Research Resources

In compliance with the Board of Regent's Business Procedure Manual (Section 12) applicable to all institutions of the University System of Georgia and MGA's Research Policy 12.1, various research training mandates have been instituted.During the Spring Semester 2020, we will be operating under a grace period/or optional adherence to the new policy, with the new requirements to go into effect during the 2020/2021 Academic Year. All personnel involved in the research (Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Faculty Advisor, and data collectors/analyzers), including exempt review projects, must complete all required training and provide a certificate of completion with the IRB application. There is no cost for training, but registration and completion is required through our approved vendor. You may complete the training in one session or return. After completion of the training courses, you will receive a certificate. Each training may have a specific time period of validity and will be indicated by policies and procedures approved by the Office of Academic Affairs and the IRB.

Middle Georgia State University is happy to announce we have purchased CITI training for researchers. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to serving the training needs of colleges and universities, healthcare institutions, technology and research organizations, and governmental agencies, as they foster integrity and professional advancement of their learners.

Prior to engaging in any research involving Human Subjects it is required that you take the appropriate training. 

The completion certificate will be required in part of your IRB (Institutional Review Board) application for research. 
The training will expire every 3 years and a refresher course will need to be taken if you continue work with human subjects. 
Even if you are not engaging in research, the courses are available for you to take. As faculty it would be beneficial to take the training to be able to discuss best practices with students (this is optional). 

Please find the link to the website here:
There is a tutorial for setting up an account and registering for courses here:
And, if you have training completed already, here are instructions for transferring your training:

Should you have questions please contact the CITI support or chair of MGA IRB, Dr. Elaina Behounek at