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Research Ethics and Compliance

The Office of Research Ethics and Compliance (REC) oversees university-wide compliance with federal, state, and university policies regarding the conduct of ethical research with humans and other vertebrate animals. For more information on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for human subjects research and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for live vertebrate animal research, please see the appropriate tab at the left.

The office also provides oversight and training in the Responsible Conduct of Research across the University. General RCR training, as well as specific requirements for NIH and NSF-funded projects can be found under the Research Ethics Training tab at the left.

REC works the Research and Sponsored Programs to assure compliance with Illinois State University's financial conflict of interest policies and procedures covering the disclosure of certain financial interests in relationship to sponsored projects, including special disclosure requirements for PHS-funded projects. For complete information, including information on who must make disclosures, review the policies listed under the University Research Policies tab at the left. Required FCOI training for PHS-funded projects includes completion of the NIH webinar as well as certification that the investigators have reviewed the ISU policies and procedures.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), which reviews all research involving biohazards, regardless of its source of financial support, is overseen by Environmental Health and Safety. The IBC develops, reviews, and updates guidelines describing standard procedures for the use of biohazards. For regulations and forms, please refer to the EHS website. Information on use of radiation may also be found on the EHS website.

REC also serves as an initial point of contact for Academic Integrity matters involving faculty and staff.

For more information on any of these functions, review the options to the left and select the relevant link.

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