Illinois State University (ISU) is committed to promoting the responsible conduct of research on our campus. ISU has established the following University Research Policies that apply to all administrators, faculty, staff, graduate or undergraduate students, and agents or collaborators who are engaged in research or other scholarly activities.
Additionally, ISU has instituted a Code of Ethics, which “establishes standards of professional conduct for executive officers, faculty, staff, and other individuals employed by Illinois State University” and includes principles inherent to the responsible conduct of research such as integrity in scholarly and creative activities, respect for professional and institutional values, avoiding conflict of interest and commitment, and compliance with University policies as well as State and Federal laws and regulations. Furthermore, the Faculty Responsibilities to Students policy incorporates similar principles.
ISU subscribes to a comprehensive research ethics training program called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), which offers training in research involving human subjects and vertebrate animals and the responsible conduct of research. This training is available to all administrators, faculty, students, and staff. CITI training is required of all members of the Institutional Review Board, all members of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, and all persons (PIs, co-PIs, students, laboratory staff) involved in research using human subjects or live vertebrate animals regardless of the source of funding. However, there are additional training requirements if funding is provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF) or National Institutes of Health (NIH).