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Research Integrity & Compliance

Research Integrity & Compliance (RIC) supports Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use (IACUC), Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) operations; oversees export control and financial conflicts of interest reviews; provides veterinary animal care and consultation; and subject matter expertise on promoting research integrity and compliance with federal regulations.


Export Controls

What is Export Control?

The U.S. government regulates the transfer of information, commodities, technology, and software considered to be strategically important to the U.S. in the interest of national security, economic and/or foreign policy concerns. There is a complicated network of federal agencies and inter-related regulations that govern exports collectively referred to as “Export Controls.” In brief, Export Controls regulate the shipment or transfer, by whatever means, of controlled items, software, technology, or services out of U.S. (termed an “Export”). Perhaps of even more consequence to the university, is that the government also restricts the release of certain information to foreign nationals here in the U.S. (referred to as a “Deemed Export”). Export Controls have the potential to severely limit the research opportunities of university faculty and their students and staff, as well as to prevent international collaboration in certain research areas. Non-compliance with export controls can result in severe monetary and criminal penalties against both an individual as well as the university, and can result in the loss of research contracts, governmental funding, and the ability to export items.

Visit the Export Controls website for more information.

Contact the Export Control office at or by phone at (701) 231-6455.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

In compliance with federal regulations, the President of North Dakota State University has appointed an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee NDSU's animal program, facilities, and procedures.

The use of live vertebrate animals in any research, teaching, testing, or exhibition conducted by any NDSU faculty, staff, students, visiting faculty or other representatives of NDSU; or conducted at any NDSU facilities (including satellite facilities), must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to the project's initiation.

Questions?  Contact the IACUC Office, or by phone at 701.231.8114, or find more information about IACUC review processes.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The NDSU Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) assures the safe use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids, infectious agents, human blood, bodily fluids and tissues and maintains compliance with federal regulations and University policies.

North Dakota State University has established biosafety policy and procedure in accordance with the NIH Guidelines to ensure safe use of recombinant or synthetic nucleic acids by NDSU investigators. In addition, the NDSU Institutional Biosafety Committee, in collaboration with the Office of Safety and Environmental Health, approves and oversees all activities using infectious agents, human blood, bodily fluids and tissues.

For more information, contact:

  • IBC Office, NDSU Office of Research and Creative Activity - 701.231.8908 or (IBC review)
  • Biological Safety Officer, NDSU Office of Safety and Environmental Health - 701.231.6299

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

North Dakota State University is committed to protecting the rights, safety and welfare of all individuals participating in NDSU research projects. Research with human subjects is conducted in accordance with regulations of the Dept. of Health & Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, and other applicable agencies (see NDSU Policy #345). These protections ensure that: risks to participants are minimized, risks are reasonable in relation to benefits, recruitment procedures are fair, subjects are sufficiently informed and able to make a voluntary choice, their privacy and confidentiality are respected, and extra protections are in place for vulnerable groups.

NDSU holds an approved FederalWide Assurance (FWA) with the Office of Human Research Protections (DHHS). #FWA00002439 Expires September 28, 2020.

Questions?  Contact the IRB office by email or phone (701.231.8995) or find more information about the review process here: IRB processes.

Research Conflict of Interest

Conflicts of interest in research are situations in which financial or other personal considerations may compromise, or have the appearance of compromising, an investigator's judgment in conducting or reporting research.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Sherwood via email or by phone (701.231.8908).

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible conduct of research(RCR) is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity.  It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.  In general terms, responsible conduct in research is simply good citizenship applied to professional life.

RCR encompasses nine areas:  research misconduct, human participants, research involving animals, data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership, mentor/trainee responsibilities, publication practices and responsible authorship, peer review, collaborative science, and conflicts of interest.

For more information on RCR training requirements, please visit our website or contact Julie Sherwood (701.231.8908).

Working with Controlled Substances in Research

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requires individuals handling controlled substances to be registered with the DEA. 

There are several registration categories depending on what type of work will be done using the controlled substances. 

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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 3:46:41 PM
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