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If you are a student engaged in classroom research (such as conducting interviews, surveys, or user studies) it would be smart to take a short online training course in the protection of human research subjects. Here’s how you do it:

1. Navigate to the CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) Program website:
2. New users: click on ‘Register’ under Create an account in the right hand navigation. Returning user: log in and skip to Step 5.
3. For your ‘organization affiliation’ select the University of Washington, and then complete all required fields for registration. Use your email as your user name. If prompted, you do not need to select a demo to view; additionally, if prompted, please identify yourself as an undergraduate student (otherwise you will be directed to longer, more in-depth training modules).
4. After you receive a message on the web page that your registration has been completed successfully, click on ‘Main Menu’ in the top navigation.
5. You will see a menu entitled ‘My Learner Tools for University of Washington.’ From this menu, click on ‘Add a Course or Update Learner Groups’.
6. Scroll down to the end of the page. Check the box for ‘I am registering to take a CITI course for the first time’ (even if you are a returning user) and click ‘Next’.
7. Scroll down to the end of the page again. Check the box for ‘Undergraduate study in a course on research methods’ and click ‘Next’.
8. You will now see under ‘University of Washington Courses’ the word ‘Student’. Click on ‘Student’.
9. You will see that you now have access to a Student – Basic Course consisting of 4 modules. Once you have completed all modules, you may click on ‘My Reports’ in the top navigation to view and print/pdf a Completion Report. Alternatively, you may access a Completion Report through the UW Human Subjects Division by searching for your name here:

Please note that this training module is appropriate for students conducting classroom research only. For more information on human subjects protections training requirements and fulfillment options at UW visit

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