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Black Hills State University is committed to the highest standards of research integrity in all work conducted at the institution. These standards reflect a commitment to the protection of all who are involved in or are the subject of research. This protection includes ensuring that anyone involved in research fully understands his or her rights as the subject of research. It also includes the welfare of animals that contribute so much to the advancement of science and medicine, and the protection of the environment from biohazards.

SD BOR Policy 4:32:  Investigator Financial Disclosure
SD BOR Policy 4:35:  Conflict of Interest
SD BOR Policy 4:32.1:  Financial Disclosure Policy to meet the Public Health Service Regulation

Research Integrity and Misconduct Policy (Model Policy)

Black Hills State University has assured federal, state, and local agencies that all faculty, staff, and student researchers will comply with established regulations and procedures regarding the use of animals, humans, and biomaterials in research. Before engaging in such research at BHSU, all researchers are required to obtain approval from established review committees to ensure that all research is conducted in a responsible, legal, and ethical manner. These committees include:

    Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for research involving animals

    Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research involving human subjects, including surveys and interviews intended for publication

    Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for research involving recombinant DNA or potential biohazards

Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (RECR) for all undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, faculty and other senior personnel who will conduct federally funded research.

Contact the Sponsored Programs office for assistance with compliance requirements for externally-funded projects.



To make an online private and confidential report, click here. You may also call a toll-free hotline at 844.390.0005 (English speaking) or 800.216.1288 (Spanish speaking). The online report and hotlines are provided by Lighthouse Services, Inc. Lighthouse is an off-campus company that specializes in providing independent third-party ethics hotline services. You may choose to remain anonymous when providing information.