Laboratory Safety and Responsible Conduct of Research

Student Safety Checklist

Laboratory Safety Training

All students, staff and faculty are required to attend a laboratory safety training session prior to conducting research in a faculty laboratory. The training is offered three times a year—i.e., at the beginning of each semester and the summer. Ask your mentor for the time and location.

There is also an online version available for those who are unable to attend the class. To become certified, students must pass the test associated with the online course. 

The next Lab Safety Training will be on June 4, 2018 1:30 - 3:30 PM in Altschul 202 (Lehman Auditorium) - location is subject to change.

The Barnard College Laboratory Chemical Hygience Plan

 

Fire Safety

New York City C-14 Fire safety certification:

When a laboratory is open and running, New York City requires at least one of the occupants to be C-14 certified.

To obtain certification, Barnard students must take a test in Brooklyn.  To qualify you must have completed

   60 credits

   21 credits in a science course

To prepare for the test, we recommend that you either attend the review class on June 4, 2018, from 11:15 AM-1 PM in Altschul 202 (Lehman Auditorium) or review the material online

When you go to Brooklyn

  Go early — Arrive by 8 a.m. as spaces are limited

 Confirm that they are open and bring necessary materials by visiting: https://www1.nyc.gov/nycbusiness/description/cof-c14

  Double check the requirements as the requirements change:

  Study Materials

  A C-14 study guide can be found here

  Fill out the A-20 form

  Bring two forms of identification and a letter of recommendation from your PI

  The testing fee is $25. You may be reimbursed by your department or the Dean's office. To this end, make sure you keep your receipt.

 Traveling to Brooklyn
  9 Metro Tech, Brooklyn, NY 11201

  Take the 1 train to 59th (Columbus Circle) and transfer to the A train to Metro Tech/Jay Street

  Use the Myrtle Promenade/Jay St. Metro Tech exit from the station

  Walk east to the Flatbush Ave. entrance

 

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

INSTRUCTIONS FOR BARNARD STUDENT RESEARCHERS

ON-LINE RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR) TRAINING

All SRI students must complete the RCR training and upload the completion certificate no later than May 21, 2018 by 11:59 PM.

Note that timesheet approval/stipend payments are contingent on completion.

1) Log in to Columbia’s Research Compliance and Administration (RASCAL) system.

You will need your Columbia UNI and password. Contact Pamela Tuffley at 212.870.2526 or via email if you need help accessing Rascal.

2) Click on “Training Center.” You will asked to log in with your UNI. Note that you may be asked to update your UNI account.

3) Click on “Course Listings.”

4) Scroll down toward the bottom of the page and click on “TC0094 - Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR),” which is about a quarter of the way down under the “Conflicts of Interest, Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research” section. Note that you may be required to assign the course to yourself.

5) Click on “take course” on the left hand side of the page.

First-time CITI users will need to complete the CITI registration information.  Once you have registered in CITI, you will be able to log in and save your work until you complete the training.

6) Enter the CITI website and create a CITI account if you don’t already have one.

7) Select Columbia University Courses

8) Click on Add a Course

9) Select TC0094 – Responsible Conduct of Research Training; click “Next”.

10) Select the RCR course that best corresponds with your department or research focus (Biomedical, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral, or Humanities).

If you’re not sure which one is most appropriate, note that the modules are identical, with the exception of the Biomedical’s module.

11) Click on “RCR Biomedical/RCR Physical Sciences/or RCR-Social Behavioral” and complete the following required modules. You do not need to complete the course in one session. You can complete it in as many sessions as you need and the system will save your work.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course Introduction (ID: 1522)  
  • Research Misconduct (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16604)
  • Data Management (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16600)
  • Authorship (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16597)           
  • Peer Review (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16603)        
  • Mentoring (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16602)            
  • Conflicts of Interest (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16599)
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course Conclusion (ID: 1043)

*Note: Collaborative Research (RCR-Basic) (ID: 16598) is encouraged for students working with collaborators, but is not required.

12) When you have completed the modules above, you will be able to download a completion report.

13) MAKE SURE TO PRINT/SAVE A COPY OF THE COMPLETION REPORT! When you have completed the RCR Training, please print to pdf your completion certificate and upload it to CourseWorks (Canvas). Please name the file “Student name-RCR.”

If you have any questions about accessing or completing CITI training, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below or contact Pamela Tuffley, Manager of Sponsored Research, via email at ptuffley@barnard.edu or at 212.870.2526.

Note that on-line RCR training through the CITI program is valid for 3 years from the date of completion, after which the "Refresher Course" should be taken.

If you have participated in SRI before – or worked in a Barnard or external research lab that required CITI completion within the last three years – you can upload/submit a copy of your previous training certificate. If you don’t have a copy, you should be able to access it through Rascal/CITI. Contact Pamela Tuffley with questions.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training required?

RCR is an essential component of researcher training. Research misconduct is a growing concern, and many of the issues and activities that are part of a research career are increasingly complex. Providing Summer Research Institute (SRI) researchers with a solid foundation in the responsible and ethical conduct of research helps undergraduates build their future careers and ensures that Barnard meets its responsibilities to students, federal funders, and the general public, which relies on research that is conducted according to the highest ethical principles.

What is the deadline for completing RCR training?

Training should be completed before your work in the lab starts. During the summer months, all SRI students must complete the RCR training and upload/submit the completion certificate. Note that timesheet approval/stipend payments are contingent on the completion of RCR training.

How is the training administered?

Barnard provides on-line training within a broader RCR program that includes mentoring and cohort experiences, all of which help ensure safety and integrity for undergraduate researchers. Barnard’s course is maintained by CITI (the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) and accessible through Columbia’s Rascal system. All students must access CITI through Columbia’s Rascal system, using your UNI and password. The training can be completed by student researchers from any discipline at their own pace. Instructions for accessing the CITI training are below.

What kinds of topics are covered?

Online RCR training through the CITI program is in addition to any required IACUC or IRB/human subjects training that may be required by your faculty mentor. Student researchers must complete the following required modules through the CITI program:

• Responsible Conduct of Research - Introduction

• Research Misconduct

• Data Management

• Authorship  

• Peer Review

• Mentoring

• Conflicts of Interest

• Responsible Conduct of Research - Conclusion

Optional: The Collaborative Research module is encouraged for students who are working with collaborators, but it is not required.

How long will the training take me to complete?

The course typically takes between three and five hours to complete. Students should feel free to complete this training over a number of sessions. CITI will keep track of your progress, and you can sign in and out as often as needed.

Do I have to complete all of the modules at once or can I save my work as I make progress?

You do not need to complete the course in one session. You can complete it in as many sessions as you need, and the system will save your work.

Who should I contact if I have any questions about my UNI or if I have trouble accessing the training?

Students with any questions should contact Pamela Tuffley, Manager of Sponsored Research, via email or at 212.870.2526.

When I have completed the training, what steps do I take next?

When you have completed the RCR Training, please print out your completion certificate and upload it to Courseworks (Canvas) and send it via email to Pamela Tuffley at Pamela Tuffley. Please use the subject heading “RCR Certificate” and name the file “Student name-RCR.”

If you have any questions about accessing or completing CITI training, please contact Pamela Tuffley, Manager of Sponsored Research, via email at ptuffley@barnard.edu or at 212.870.2526.

How often do I need to take the RCR training?

The on-line RCR training through the CITI program is valid for 3 years from the date of completion, after which CITI’s "Refresher Course" should be taken. If you have participated in SRI before – or worked in a Barnard or external research lab that required CITI completion within the last three years – you can upload/submit a copy of your previous training certificate to meet the RCR requirement. If you don’t have a copy of the certificate, you should be able to access it through Rascal/CITI.

 

Research on Vertebrate Animals

Before you can begin research on vertebrate animals, you must be trained and appropriately qualified. To this end, you will need to attend training courses, obtain occupational health approval, and be added to your mentor’s research protocol. For a summary of this process, see the Training Flowchart.

The training and certification process is conducted by the Institute of Comparative Medicine (ICM) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). at Columbia. Given that the training process varies depending on the vertebrate species you intend to study (e.g., mouse, rat or pigeon), you will need to speak with your mentor about the specific training requirements.

For occupational health approval, you will need to:

  1. fill out the occupational health clearance form with your mentor
  2. obtain clearance from a health care provider (note: during the academic year, go to BC health services; during the summer, go to CU health services in John Jay).

**Note: this training and certification process often takes 3-4 weeks to complete, so begin early.

 

Research on Humans

Before you can begin research on human subjects, you must be trained and appropriately qualified. To this end, visit Barnard’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) website.