Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Overview:

Approval from the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (IACUC) is required before any research involving animals is allowed at BHSU. To request IACUC approval:

  1. Complete the online Responsible Conduct of Research course and the Animal Care and Use course.  Certificates are valid for three years, so if you have certificates of completion from other RCR or Animal Care and Use courses taken within the past three years you do not need to repeat the course--please attach those certificates to your protocol.
  2. Complete the full protocol,  short protocol (for invertebrates).
  3. Submit your completed protocol to the Sponsored Programs office, Woodburn 203, Unit 9504.
  4. Await review and formal written approval before beginning research.


Additional Resources and Training


Project Conclusion / Cancellation

Please complete the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Project Closure Form when an approved IACUC protocol is concluded or cancelled.  Please send the completed and signed Project Closure Form to the Sponsored Programs Office, Woodburn Hall #203, 1200 University, Unit 9504, Spearfish SD 57799.

Human Subjects

Institutional Review Board Overview

All proposals for research projects involving human subjects are subject to review by an institutional review board (IRB) according to Federal Regulation 45 CFR 46, Protection of Human Subjects. This university-wide policy affects all projects that use human subjects, not just those receiving external funding. Student projects, both undergraduate and graduate, must comply with the policy. No work can begin on a project involving human subjects until approval has been received.  

To determine whether your survey, interview, data analysis, or other project involving human subjects qualifies as research and therefore requires IRB approval, complete the Research and Review Level Determination Form and/or consult a member of the IRB.  If the answer is not clear-cut, the IRB needs to review your protocol.  For all projects requiring IRB review and approval:

  1. All individuals who will be involved in the research must register and complete the online training courses in Human Subjects Research and Responsible Conduct of Research. The certificates of completion are valid for three years, so if you have already completed the courses and have recent certificates of completion, you do not need to repeat the courses--please attach your certificates of completion to your completed protocol. 
  2. Complete the Human Participants Research Application according to the instructions.  PLEASE USE INTERNET EXPLORER to open this application.
  3. Submit completed materials to Sponsored Programs, Woodburn 203, Unit 9504.
  4. Await formal written approval before starting any research.

Additional resources and training

Project Conclusion / Cancellation:

Complete the Human Subject Project Closure Form when an approved human subject research project is concluded or cancelled.  Projects that involve long-term follow-up of subjects must remain open, even if enrollment of new subjects has ended.  Please send the completed and signed Project Closure Form the Sponsored Programs Office, Woodburn Hall #203, 1200 University  Unit 9504, Spearfish SD 57799.


Institutional Biosafety Committee Overview

The mission of the Institutional Biosafety Committee is to ensure compliance with the NIH Guidelines concerning research and projects involving recombinant DNA and potential biohazards. The committee will review all research proposals involving recombinant DNA and/or infectious materials to guarantee 1) safe laboratory practices are used, 2) adequate containment measures are implemented, 3) appropriate facilities, procedures, practices and training of personnel are in place and used, and 4) the annual report to NIH is completed, reporting all reviewed projects and subsequent recommendations.

To request IBC approval:

  1. complete the Application for Institutional Biosafety and submit it to Tamara Lawson, 1200 University Unit 9008, Life Sciences Laboratory 113 
  2. await formal committee approval before beginning research

Additional Resources and Training

Policy for responding to scientific misconduct at BHSU
Biosafety in Microbiological and Biomedical Laboratories, US Dept. of Health & Human Services
NIH guidelines for research involving recombinant DNA molecules
Online resources from the Office of Research Integrity

Review Committees and Protocols

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.

Conflict of Interest Policies:
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

Conflict of Interest Forms:
Public Health Service Financial Disclosure

NIH Publications requirements

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 Conduct of Research(RCR) for all students involved in undergraduate or graduate research and their faculty/staff research mentors.

Contact the Sponsored Programsoffice for assistance with compliance requirements for externally-funded projects