Research Integrity and Compliance

The Office of Research Integrity and Compliance at Andrews University is committed to helping researchers —faculty, staff, and students comply with all applicable federal, state, and institutional requirements and policies. Research integrity and compliance areas covered by this office include Human Subjects Protections, Conflict of Interest, and Responsible Conduct of Research. Andrews University research activities are overseen by two regulatory and compliance committees—IRB (Human subjects research), and IACUC (Animals Care and Use).

Failing to meet compliance may result in penalties to the institution and in some cases to the individual researcher. It is your responsibility as a researcher to be familiar with university policies relating to areas of research requiring compliance with federal, state, and university regulations. The links under each of the two main sections IRB and IACUC below will provide you with information on policies, procedures, and guidelines. The Andrews University IRB Handbook (coming soon) contains valuable information you want to know as a researcher.



The Institutional Review Board (IRB) regulates all research activities involving human subjects at Andrews University (AU). The board ensures that AU researchers operate within the provisions of the Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) for the protection of human subjects obtained from the U.S. Department Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). It ensures the rights, safety and welfare of human subjects, and researchers compliance with all applicable federal, state, and AU policies on research activities. These include initial, continuation, modification applications, unanticipated problems, and alleged noncompliance. Click on the following link to access additional information: Institutional Review Board. If we may be of help please contact us by telephone at (269) 471-6361 or via email at



The Andrews University (AU) Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) oversees and evaluates all aspects of the institution's animal care and use. It particularly ensures that researchers dealing with animals comply with U.S. federal law. This website provides you with sufficient information to guide you in preparing and submitting applications for use of animals in research and/ or teaching approval. Additional links and resources including required training, guidelines, and AU IACUC review meetings are also provided for your use. Click on the IACUC link to access materials you will need to be aware of before submitting your application Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

You may contact the AU IACUC Chair Denise L. Smith, PhD at (269) 471-3242 or via email at