Research Integrity & Compliance

Ferris State University is committed to ensuring the integrity of research. Misconduct in research damages the honor of the profession and undermines the credibility of scholars, irrespective of discipline. Ferris takes seriously all allegations of misconduct and believes that the procedures for inquiry, investigation and adjudication of any misconduct should be clear for all involved parties, while maintaining protections for the complainant, the respondent, and all witnesses involved. Researchers should become familiar with
Ferris State University's Research Misconduct Policy and Procedures

Allegations of research misconduct should be made in writing to
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
220 Ferris Drive, PHR 312A
Big Rapids, MI 493007

Investigator Requirements:



Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research (IRB)
Based on Ferris State Policy and Federal Regulations set forth by the Department of Health & Human Services, all research protocols involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the FSU IRB Committee prior to beginning research. 

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Responsible for the use of animals in University Research and Instructional activities. IACUC reviews protocols, the animal care and use program, and monitors University Animal Facilities to ensure compliance with standards and regulatory requirements set forth by the USDA and Public Health Service Policy. 

Laboratory Safety
Ensure compliance, training, and safety issues do not delay the start of lab-based projects; questions related to laboratory operations, laboratory safety, and lab-based research activities should be directed to Anne Hawkins, Director of Laboratory Safety.

Investigators, including students, conducting research without the proper approval will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. 


 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Ferris State University
220 Ferris Drive, PHR 312
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2547

revised 4/2015