The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) partners with students, faculty, and staff to facilitate the conduct of research that is compliant with federal, state, local and University policies. It functions as the coordinating and administrative hub for the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Research projects at Kent State are subject to federal, state, local and university laws and policies. Researchers who work with human or animal subjects must review their research project with institutional committees and must receive appropriate training. Researchers also should be aware of export control laws, which may involve foreign nationals working in their research group, and laws regarding laboratory safety, occupational health and safety, and biosafety issues such as radiation safety.

Compliance is overseen by several offices. In the  Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, the Office of Research Compliance helps researchers to meet compliance requirements through training, oversight and the administration of institutional committees for animal and human subjects research. The Office of Sponsored Programs oversees training in research ethics and conflict of interest policies, and it assists researchers in meeting the requirements of funding agencies and federal export control laws. In addition, the Office of Research Safety in the Division of Finance and Administration oversees biological safety, laboratory and chemical safety, and radiation/laser safety. Questions about Material Transfer Agreements can be directed to Technology Commercialization

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Voice your concerns or complaints related to research

Research with Animals 

The Kent State Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) makes sure that research involving the use of animals at the university adheres to the appropriate guidelines and policies. Before beginning research, testing or teaching activities that involve the use of live vertebrate animals, the principal investigator must submit a Request to Use Animals application to the IACUC. Learn more about animal research.

Research with Human Subjects

Before implementing research that involves human subjects, researchers must have their protocol reviewed and approved by a Kent State Institutional Review Board (IRB), which ensure that the rights and welfare of study participants are protected. Learn more about researching with human subjects.

Becoming a Research Subject

When deciding to become a research subject it is important to weigh the risks, discomforts, and benefits associated with a study. This information is clearly describe in the study's consent form. If you are interested in becoming a research subject or would like to learn more about your rights as a research subject, please contact the Office of Research Compliance at or 330-672-2704. Federal Office for Human Research Protections webpage is an excellent resource to learn more about participating in research.    

Hemp Research 

If you are conducting hemp research you must complete this project registry; you are responsible for ensuring that your research is compliant with Ohio Department of Agriculture policy.  

Online Training

Training is required for individuals to comply with federal guidelines and Kent State policies.  Whether you are a student enrolled in a class that requires minimal-risk human subjects training, supported on an NSF-funded grant, or an investigator conducting research that involves animals, you will need to complete training.

Training is available online on the use of animals in research, the use of human subjects, occupational health and safety, conflict-of-interest policies, responsible conduct of research, and biosafety/biosecurity. Learn more about online training opportunities.