Research Compliance

Office of Research and Scholarship

Research compliance at The University of Texas at Tyler is managed through the Office of Research and Scholarship. Our compliance mission is to support comprehensive programs of academic research by assuring institutional and investigator compliance with applicable regulations, policies and industry standards while engaged in scholarly activities associated with animal and human subject research. The same assurance also applies to research involving recombinant DNA (rDNA) and the use of select or infectious agents. This office provides information on research activities which are governed by a number of research oversight committees imposed by federal and state laws.

Non-compliance can result in severe penalties to the institution, and in some instances, to the individual. It is the responsibility of faculty and staff to be familiar with UT Tyler policy as it relates to these research compliance areas.

This office affirms its commitment to the following objectives:

  • To assist faculty and student researchers in meeting compliance requirements and in achieving approval for animal, human subject, rDNA, and select or infectious agent protocols submitted for IACUC, IRB or IBC review, as appropriate;
  • To review declarations of both funded and non-funded investigators no less than annually and to present conflicts of interests to the Compliance Coordinator for management and monitoring;
  • To provide resources and/or training to University faculty and students in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) as established by the federal Office of Research Integrity (ORI);
  • To assure investigator commitment to research integrity by responding to allegations of misconduct in research through inquiry and, if necessary, investigation;
  • To monitor and administer export control procedures for issues related to controlled technologies not protected by the fundamental research exemption (15 CFR 734.8) that remain subject to the EAR and/or to ITAR.
  • To monitor faculty effort reports and to assure compliance with 2 CFR 220, Appendix A Section J.10.

Compliance Committees/Areas:

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The purpose of the UT Tyler IRB is to review research proposals that involves human beings before the research is initiated to ensure ethically-conducted research for the protection of human subjects. For more information on research involving human subjects, click here.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler), in cooperation with research scientists and veterinarians, ensures that all research and teaching protocols using live vertebrate animals are designed and carried out in a humane manner that complies with all applicable laws, policies, and guidelines. For more information on research involving the use of animals, click here.


Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) of The University of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) reports on matters related to the use of recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) technology in research and educational activities at UT Tyler. The committee is charged with ensuring full compliance with NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules, referred to herein as the NIH Guidelines.