Research Ethics

At Grinnell College, scholarly, creative, and research opportunities are available for faculty and students in all departments. Research ranges from qualitative to quantitative research, field studies at CERA, or laboratory work.

Federal regulations necessitate increased awareness of the ethical implications and considerations when undertaking a research project. If you conduct research in association with Grinnell College, please refer to the resources below to determine what type of review may be necessary for your project.

Responsible Conduct of Research

Researchers have important professional and regulatory responsibilities related to the the responsible conduct of research (RCR), which is broadly defined as the practice of scholarship and scientific investigation with integrity.  This site provides information and resources regarding NSF and NIH requirements regarding RCR.

Office of Research Integrity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity

Grinnell Resources

IRB oversees all College research that involves human participants. The IRB page (login required) includes general IRB information, human research proposal forms, online ethics training tutorials and additional links for both students and faculty.

IACUC reviews all College research that includes animal subjects. Grinnell's IACUC page contains general IACUC information, animal research proposal forms, online ethics training tutorials, and supplementary links for students and faculty.

IBC evaluates all College research that utilizes biohazards, such as recombinant DNA and infectious agents. The IBC page covers general IBC information, biohazard safety guidelines and regulations, online biohazard training tutorials, and additional links for both students and faculty.

The RSC oversees the purchase, storage, and disposal of radioactive materials; provides training for faculty and students who work with radioactive materials; ensures monitoring instruments are calibrated annually; and serves as a resource for faculty and staff who have questions about radioactive materials issues.

The Chemical Safety Committee meets as needed, no less than annually, to discuss matters related to chemical safety and the College’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (PDF).

Current committee co-chairs are Chris Bair and Mark Levandoski.

Sharon Isley serves as the College Chemical Safety Officer.

Department Information


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