Research Ethics & Safety Compliance

To ensure that research is done in an ethical and safe manner and meets federal guidelines, Whittier College has three committees that must review and approve certain research projects before the research can be initiated.

This would include any research that involves human subjects or vertebrate animals, and any research or teaching activities that involve infectious agents, recombinant DNA, or genetically altered organisms. Faculty and students who would like to initiate a research project involving any of these, regardless of funding source or funding status, must submit application forms that can be obtained from the appropriate committee.

Human Subjects & Institutional Review Board

This committee approves research done by faculty, students, and staff of Whittier College that involves human subjects.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

This committee reviews the institution's program for the humane care and use of nonhuman vertebrate animals. The committee primary tasks are to: review research procedures involving vertebrate animals, conduct evaluations of animal care, and inspects all of the institution's laboratory animal facilities.

Institutional Biosafety Committee

This committee monitors and reviews all research and teaching activities using infectious agents, recombinant DNA, and genetically altered organisms.