Office of Research Compliance

​​Central Michigan University requires faculty and other researchers to observe the highest standards of professional conduct in all scholarly, research, and creative activities. The Research Integrity and Misconduct policy is linked below.

Research Integrity


To ensure compliance with federal, state, and university requirements for conducting research, CMU has established several boards/committees that are charged with the oversight of research conducted in their respective areas. In addition to the following three ORGS-directed compliance boards, there are also regulations for the use of Bloodborne Pathogens and Biological, Chemical, or Radiation Hazards.

Institutional Review Board (IRB): Humans as Research Subjects

CMU has policies and procedures that govern research involving the participation of humans as subjects. Research encompasses work that is conducted on or off campus and includes questionnaires, interviews, test, observations, surveys, and other experiments, regardless of the content or routine nature of the subject's involvement and even if this work is preliminary to a more extensive study. All research involving human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) under the authority of the Vice Provost for Research.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC): Animal Care and Use in Research

CMU policy specifies that all vertebrate animals under university care will be treated humanely and that the university will comply with federal and state regulations regarding animal care and use. Responsibility for assuring institutional compliance with state and federal regulations has been delegated to the Vice Provost for Research, who is advised by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC): Recombinant DNA

CMU and researchers must abide by the National Institutes of Health's Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules. All recombinant DNA projects must also be approved by the CMU Institutional Biosafety Committee and have a completed and signed Recombinant DNA Agreement Statement on file before initiating the research.

Directory of Compliance Offices

  • Humans as Research Subjects: ORGS, Foust 104, 774-6401
  • Animal Care and Use: ORGS, Foust 108, 774-7313
  • Recombinant DNA: Brooks 132, 774-3279
  • Bloodborne Pathogens, HIV, HBV: Exposure Control Committee, Risk Management and Insurance/Environment and Safety Services, Smith 103, 774-3741
  • Biological, Chemical, or Radiation Hazards: Safety Coordinator for the College of Science and Technology, IET 236, 774-4189


If you would like to report a research concern, please fill out this form.

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