Federal and State regulations and University policies require that Kent State assure the safe and ethical practice of research and scholarly activities. Students and researchers must be familiar with the requirements before starting any research or teaching projects that involves human subjects or research or teaching projects that involve animals, radiation, and biohazardous material. This involves training, faculty oversight, and often review and approval of proposed activities by relevant University-wide committees. If your project involves radiation, and/or biohazardous materials, go to the Research Safety and Compliance website. If your project involves human or animal subjects, visit The Office of Research Compliance.


Please check with your faculty mentor for guidance, or to find out if any of your research activities are already addressed in an existing protocol. Please make sure to give yourself at least six weeks for the compliance committee application processes.