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Research Compliance

Biosafety   Research Policies and Procedures  Conflict of Interest  Training (CITI) FAQ's  Human Subjects


South Dakota State University upholds integrity as a core value, expressed through individual and collective practice of honesty, transparency, accountability, and respect. The University promotes the responsible conduct of research and ensures faculty, staff, and student compliance with relevant federal and state regulations and guidelines.


Oversight Committees

Investigators must submit a protocol for review and receive approval from the appropriate committee before initiating any such research.


Training Requirements

All faculty, staff , and students involved in research using human or animal subjects must first complete the appropriate online training offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) and pass all applicable modules.  For more information, see the training FAQs.  For those working in the Animal Research Wing, safety training is also required. 

All students and postdoctoral researchers working in activities supported by the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health, and staff working on U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded research, must receive training in the responsible conduct of research. Such training may be acquired through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), the University Course GSR 601 (Research Regulations Compliance), or other such programming provided by the Research Integrity and Compliance Officer.


Conflicts of Interest

Faculty and staff are required to annually disclose any significant financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) that would reasonably appear to affect the independence of their research. The Vice President for Research and Economic Development examines such disclosures to determine if a conflict exists, and if so, how it can be managed, reduced, or eliminated.

Researchers who apply for or are awarded funding by an agency of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) are required to disclose any relevant FCOI via a separate form and receive training in PHS FCOI through CITI every four years.


Export Controls

Research whose results are not ordinarily published and shared broadly in the scientific community may be subject to export control laws (federal regulations that govern the conditions under which certain information, technologies, and commodities can be transmitted overseas to anyone, including U.S. citizens, or to a foreign national on U.S. soil). Oversight and support for such research is provided by the System Export Control Program.

Export Control FAQs


Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

The use of UAS (a.k.a. drones) on University-owned property is regulated by BOR and SDSU policy. Operators may request permission for indoor use, outdoor use on campus (highly restricted), and outdoor use at the Research Park. Application forms must be accompanied by proof of operator and observer training. 

UAS Operations Request Form


Reporting Research Misconduct

If you suspect research misconduct (fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism), or have concerns about animal welfare, human subject protection, or biosafety, please contact Research Integrity and Compliance Officer Dianne Nagy (605-688-5051; dianne.nagy@sdstate.edu; Morrill Hall, Suite 200F). You can report your concerns anonymously by calling our Toll-Free Hotline: 1-844-880-0004. You can also Make an Online Report.

Research Misconduct Policy