Ethics and compliance
The following resources aim to help investigators conduct research responsibly.
Safety is the University’s top priority throughout research, scholarship, and teaching.
The University strives to maintain the highest standards of ethics for academic research.
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
RCR training is required if your research is funded by any of the following:
- National Science Foundation
- United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
- National Institutes of Health
Human subject protection program
Human subject research at WSU must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB safeguards human subjects in compliance with federal, state and university regulations.
Animals at WSU
All WSU research involving animals adheres to the stringent requirements of federal law.
If you work under the auspices of the University and plan to do research, teaching, or breeding that involves live vertebrate animals, you must first obtain approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).
IACUC provides oversight to protect animals, as well as training and informational resources.
Biotechnology and biosafety
The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) advises the University community regarding safe use and handling of biological materials on the WSU campus.
Hazardous materials shipping
A hazardous material is any substance that could endanger the public, handlers or carriers during transportation. Examples of materials that are regulated for shipment include various types of batteries, fuel containers, solvents, biological samples, and cleaning products. Find out what you need to know when shipping hazardous materials.
Conflict of interest
Examine the policies, procedures, and information resources used to manage potential conflicts of interest of faculty, administrators, and staff.
WSU is committed to the safe and compliant use of sources of ionizing radiation for research, instruction, and the benefit of the community.
Complex federal regulations restrict exports of goods and technology to foreign nationals in the United States and abroad. While most activities at WSU are not subject to export control restrictions or licensing requirements, each member of the university community has a responsibility to be aware of these restrictions.
Controlled substances policies
Use of controlled substances in research must comply with state and federal law and meet applicable safety standards.
Faculty and staff whose work involves pesticides must comply with University policies, as well as state and federal laws.
Direct your questions about ethics and compliance to the Office of Research Assurances.
Office of the Campus Veterinarian
The campus veterinarian supports WSU research and teaching with a complete program of animal care.
Research support and operations
The Office of Research Support and Operations serves as the central hub for managing all research proposals and award acceptances throughout the WSU system.
If you suspect that a research program is in violation of legal or ethical standards, please call or email the compliance hotline. You do not need to identify yourself to make a report.