Research Integrity & Compliance

The University of Northern Colorado is dedicated to the highest standards of research integrity. The university's guidelines and procedures 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.


Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

UNC's Office of Research coordinates training and provides oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to students, faculty and staff members. RCR training is available to UNC students, faculty and staff members.

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Human Subjects Research (IRB)

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.

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Research Misconduct

Allegations of Research Misconduct should be reported to the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) by any institutional member with knowledge of observed, suspected, or apparent violation(s) of research misconduct.

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Animal Subjects Research (IACUC)

In compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, and institutional policies, UNC has established an Institutional Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to oversee the University's animal program, facilities, and projects involving the use of animals.

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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.


Research Integrity and Compliance Staff

Sherry May

Regulatory Compliance Administrator
(970) 351-1910

Linda Black

Associate Provost & Graduate School Dean
Research Integrity Officer (RIO)
(970) 351-1808

Maria Lahman and Megan Stellino

Co-Chairs, IRB


Bob Houser

AVP for Research
Institutional Official (IO) for Human Subject Research and for Vertebrate Animal Research
(970) 351-4390

David Hydock

Chair, IACUC