Research Integrity & Compliance

The University of Northern Colorado is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity. The university's guidelines and procedures are intended to promote those standards in the care for people and animals that are the subjects of research, as well as in maintaining confidentiality, adhering to protocols, and preventing research misconduct.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

For the Protection of Human Subjects in Research

The use of human subjects in research at the University of Northern Colorado is regulated by University Policy 3-8-104, enacted by the Board of Trustees to ensure that all research carried out under the auspices of UNC conforms to ethical standards.  

3-8-104 Human Subjects. It is the policy of the University that all research and research-related activities, in which humans are used as subjects, shall be subject to review under current Public Health Service regulations by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The involvement of human subjects in research covered by this policy shall be prohibited until the IRB has reviewed and approved the research protocol.

Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee (IACUC)

For the Protection of Animal Subjects in Research

The primary function of UNC's IACUC is to assist faculty, students and staff in upholding UNC's commitment to providing the finest care and most humane utilization of laboratory animals. To this end, every research, testing, and teaching project involving the use of vertebrate animals must be reviewed and approved by the IACUC prior to initiation. The IACUC shares with the investigator the responsibility for the ethical decisions made regarding the care and use of animals.

Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI)

UNC's policy on Financial Conflict of Interest Pertaining to Sponsored Programs establishes standards to provide a reasonable expectation that work supported by externally funded awards will be free from bias resulting from financial conflicts of interest of project personnel. The UNC policy brings the university into compliance with federal requirements promoting objectivity in sponsored projects.

Prior to submitting a proposal to an external funding agency, all persons involved in the design, conduct, and reporting of the proposed project must disclose any significant financial interests they hold that are related to their institutional responsibilities. Should any significant financial interest be deemed by the university to create a financial conflict of interest, a plan will be developed and implemented to manage or remove the conflict. In some instances, training in FCOI is required of project personnel prior to beginning work on the project.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is essential to the conduct of research and teaching at UNC, and federal granting agencies are now requiring that grantees certify to having institutional plans in place to provide training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to students, faculty and staff members. 

The UNC Plan for the Responsible Conduct of Research provides information about RCR and RCR educational opportunities, and it outlines the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved in RCR at UNC. RCR training is available to UNC students, faculty and staff members through online the course modules of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) of the University of Miami.

UNC Scientific Misconduct Policy (Article 8, 3-8-106)

An Academic Researcher who engages in an act of acts of scientific misconduct while engaged in University Sponsored Research is subject to discipline in accordance with the prescriptions and procedures established in Article 8, 3-8-106 of the University Regulations.