Research Compliance

Southern Methodist University promotes a culture of compliance and ethical behavior while providing comprehensive regulatory guidance. We strive to educate and advise SMU’s research community as to our obligations under local, state, and federal regulations, and university policies and procedures. Through the development of training and education, auditing and monitoring, and distribution of policies, procedures, and standards of conduct, we endeavor to promote a cooperative compliance culture at SMU.

Research Compliance Areas of Oversight

Research Compliance Committees

  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC): SMU’s IBC provides oversight and evaluation of research projects involving recombinant DNA and other biohazardous materials.

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): SMU's IRB provides oversight for research studies involving human subjects.

  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC): SMU's IACUC provides oversight and evaluation of the University’s animal care and use program, procedures, and facilities.

  • Archaeological Collection and Curation Committee (ACCC): SMU’s ACCC is charged with advising the Associate Provost of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies on emerging developments in the Federal laws and State codes governing antiquities, drafting institutional statements and University policies for collections, and overseeing curation activities.