Research Integrity, Safety & Compliance

Colorado State University is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity and compliance, assisting researchers, staff and faculty oversight committees in maintaining an ethical environment for activities in research and teaching.
Key links and important resources for research compliance are included below.

CSU’s Office of Research Collaboration & Compliance encapsulates biosafety, research safety culture and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The Biosafety Office trains and advises the CSU research community on identifying biological hazards, mitigating risks, and adhering to federal, state, and local safety guidelines and regulations.

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) ensures any research or teaching activity that could involve biologically hazardous materials is conducted safely and responsibly. The IBC ensures compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements.

IACUC serves as the supervisory committee dedicated to the humane and ethical care of animals used in research, teaching and testing subject to good laboratory practices, which support the human biomedical application to the FDA.

CSU Research Safety Culture promotes a proactive safety culture critical to enhancing CSU’s world-renowned research.

CSU Green Labs incudes a variety of programs and initiatives – collaborating with anyone working in a lab, from the PI to our undergraduate students – helping to advance sustainability best practices in the lab.

Lab Animal Resources oversees the care and management of animals used in research and teaching, collaborating with investigators to meet their research needs through a full spectrum of animal care and related services.

CSU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) supports and ensures the university’s commitment to ethical research, protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects in research, promoting respect for persons, beneficence and justice, and ensuring compliance with federal, state and institutional requirements.

The Clinical and Translational Research Office (ClinTRO) supports human, veterinary and translational research, providing resources to support clinical, translational and One Medicine research. The office promotes consistency with national standards and best practices. For more information, contact Dr. Heather Pidcoke.

The Office of Research Integrity supports the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) program and provides education to the academic community. The office also manages allegations of research misconduct.

Secure and Global Research navigates federal regulations related to export controls, controlled unclassified information, classified research and common access cards.

CSU’s Conflict of Interest Office provides for the review and management of financial conflicts of interest or conflicts of commitment that have the potential to bias research or university business decisions.

Quality Assurance supports and ensures quality and integrity in science, and in particular, meets established quality standards in research and manufacturing activities that are regulated by federal law.

The CSU Veterinary Clinical Review Board in collaboration with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), conducts the review and approval process for projects that involve the use of client-owned animals in research, teaching, and testing.