Research Compliance

A key goal of the Office of Research is to ensure that research, scholarship and creative activities at SJSU are conducted safely, ethically and legally. The Office of Research facilitates the meeting of this goal by coordinating the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Human Subjects Research: Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The IRB is a committee responsible for reviewing research proposals submitted by SJSU students, faculty, and staff that involve the use of human subjects.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

The IACUC is a committee that is responsible for reviewing protocols by all individuals at SJSU and its affiliates that are related to the humane care and use of animals and for addressing ethical concerns in discussions, evaluations and policy matters.

Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)

The IBC reviews research activities performed by agents of the University (i.e., faculty, staff, and students) involving hazardous biological agents, recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, materials derived from humans and nonhuman primates, toxins, select agents, or agents of dual use research concern. The IBC provides oversight for biological safety at SJSU and ensures compliance pursuant to the NIH Guidelines and University policies as stated in our charge.

Compliance Training

The Office of Research provides research-related courses to the SJSU community at no cost through the online external vendor Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). Course topics range from human subjects research, animal care and use, responsible conduct of research, and conflicts of interest.

General Instructions for Accessing CITI

  1. Visit the CITI website.
  2. After you have created an account with CITI using your SJSU email address, select San Jose State University Courses.
  3. Click on "add a course or update learner groups."
  4. Answer the questions provided to determine which courses are applicable to you.

Human Subjects Research Training Information

Animal Care and Use Training Information

Biosafety Training Information

Responsible Conduct of Research Training

CITI Program’s RCR series consists of a basic course, complemented with a set of additional modules of interest, and a refresher course. Both courses contain modules that cover core norms, principles, regulations, and rules governing the practice of research. Both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have policies that require certain categories of researchers to receive RCR training. RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.

To access courses in responsible conduct of research, follow steps 1-4 above, then select Responsible Conduct of Research, and select any one of the courses under this section that most closely matches your discipline.

Conflicts of Interest Training

A course covering the revised Public Health Service (PHS) regulations associated with financial conflicts of interest and an investigator's responsibilities relating to the disclosure of "Significant Financial Interests" is also available through CITI.

To access the conflicts of interest course, follow steps 1-4 above, then select "Yes" under Conflicts of Interest (Question #1 on the CITI page) .

Plagiarism Guidelines

The library offers a variety of resources available to faculty and students with regards to plagiarism.

Plagiarism Tutorial/Research Guide

InfoPower Tutorial/Research Guide

Paraphrasing Tutorial/Research Guide