The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) works to assure compliance with federal, state, and university regulations and policies on research, promotes the responsible conduct of research at MSU, and serves as a campus resource for research ethics education materials and training.
There are three MSU IRBs:
- Biomedical and Health IRB (BIRB)
- Community Research IRB (CRIRB)
- Social Science / Education / Behavioral IRB (SIRB)
Animals in Research
MSU's Animal Care Program includes the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which is appointed by the president of the university to oversee and evaluate all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program, and the Campus Animal Resources (CAR) program, which includes:
- University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR), which provides care for laboratory animals for investigators in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Human Medicine, Natural Science, Osteopathic Medicine, Social Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.
- University Farms; on-campus University Farms are operated by the Animal Science Department and the College of Veterinary Medicine; off-campus farms are operated by AgBioResearch.
- College of Veterinary Medicine Vivarium
Stem Cells in Research
MSU has established an Institutional Stem Cell Research Committee to oversee stem cell research conducted by MSU faculty, staff, and students. This website provides information on the requirements and the application process.
Protecting Researchers and the Environment
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) oversees programs in health and safety, protection of the environment and regulatory compliance. The Occupational Health Clinic shares responsibility for the health and safety of the MSU community with EHS.
- Animal Handlers
- Biological Safety
- Chemical Hygiene
- Controlled Substances
- Environmental Compliance
- Hazardous Waste
- Occupational Safety
- Occupational Health
- Radiation Safety
The Office of Export Control & Trade Sanctions oversees compliance with and provides education about the laws governing research that may be subject to considerations of national defense or international policy.
- Export control laws regulate the export of sensitive technologies, equipment, software, biological agents, and related data and services.
- Trade sanctions refer to the constraints imposed against hostile international targets (including countries) that may prohibit travel, payment, or providing anything of value to the sanctioned country.
Violations of trade sanctions and export controls can result in criminal penalties.
Michigan State University (MSU) has implemented multiple policies, guidelines, and procedures to manage conflict of interest situations; the most recent being a comprehensive Faculty Conflict of Interest Policy. Collectively, these are designed to insure compliance with state and federal laws or regulations, as well as to manage specific conflict of interest situations deemed important at MSU.
The Research Integrity Officer manages Michigan State University's regulatory and institutional obligations for maintaining the integrity of research and creative activities conducted under its auspices.
The Research and Scholarly Integrity office prepares students and postdoctoral researchers to conduct quality research and scholarship as the foundation for strong professional reputations for individuals, their departments and disciplines, and Michigan State University.
A listing of all the Responsible Conduct of Research Plans by college/department.