At Texas Tech, the Office of the Vice President for Research is responsible for overseeing Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), compliance issues, human subjects and animal use, and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
Texas Tech encourages all faculty, students and staff to participate in discussions and training about responsible conduct of research (RCR). A variety training opportunities are available to all members of the Texas Tech community.
There also are select activities and courses that count toward RCR training requirements. For information or questions, please contact the Office of Responsible Research.
To support responsible research practices at Texas Tech, the OVPR encourages use of iThenticate software to screen grant proposals and scholarly papers for plagiarism or misuse of text.
Federal regulations require that Texas Tech have policies and procedures in place to ensure that employees disclose any significant financial interests that may represent an actual or potential conflict of interest in relationship to externally sponsored projects.
All investigators need to annually disclose significant financial interests with Texas Tech. The Investigator Financial Disclosure website provides instructions. For those who have NIH or other Public Health Service grants, Texas Tech follows National Institutes of Health guidelines for financial disclosure. Annual disclosure is submitted via the secure online questionnaire. Contact Amy Baugh, for additional information.
Faculty or other personnel who have applied or plan to apply for NIH or other PHS funding must complete training and disclose business or financial interests before submitting proposals or receiving funds. Texas Tech's Financial Disclosure office offers assistance, information and training options.
Texas Tech Operating Policy 74.17 outlines the general university regulations and procedures regarding annual disclosure of significant business and financial interests as well as the identification of conflicts or potential conflicts of interest, which serve to protect the credibility and the integrity of the university's faculty and staff, as well as the institution, so that public trust and confidence in its sponsored activities are not compromised.
The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is the office that coordinates with the Texas Tech University Institutional Review Board (IRB).
All research involving human subjects at Texas Tech must be reviewed by the IRB. The IRB recommends that researchers conducting human subjects studies complete some form of training.
Not all studies require approval by the full IRB. The HRPP has created an interactive module to help determine if IRB review is needed. Step-by-step instructions and forms are available for requesting an exempt, expedited or full board review.
The Texas Tech HRPP office may conduct post-approvals review of human subjects work.
Please note that Texas Tech’s policies on human subjects may be different than your previous institution.
The Animal Care Services (ACS) office is charged with providing for the physical and psychological well-being of animals used in research and teaching. The office also aids investigators in obtaining and properly using animals.
ACS maintains responsibilities in animal procurement, animal housing and daily care, the provision of veterinary care, health surveillance and preventative care, assisting investigators and their staff with animal procedures, and the care, maintenance and replacement of equipment and facilities.
Please note that animal use and care policies at Texas Tech may be different than your previous institution.
Laboratory safety is a major focus at Texas Tech. As a result of a serious accident in 2010, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) conducted an investigation. Texas Tech has fulfilled all CSB recommendations and the CSB investigation was closed in June 2015. A website dedicated to the investigations and the university’s response has been created. The university also maintains a Lessons Learned web page of incidents at Texas Tech and other institutions.
The university's Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) clearly defines roles, responsibilities and procedures around laboratory and workplace safety. All faculty, staff and students who work with chemicals and/or other hazards in our laboratories, studios, shops and other facilities must complete a short, open-book assessment to verify that they have reviewed the new Chemical Hygiene Plan. CHP and other online safety training is available through the Department of Environmental Health and Safety training website.
Check with your department and/or college for any discipline-specific safety training.
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is responsible for a variety of safety, health and environmental issues at Texas Tech. Staff members have been assigned to specific areas to assist faculty, staff and students. The office also is responsible for hazardous and radioactive waste removal.
EH&S also created SCAN, the Safety Concerns and Near-misses form. SCANs are potential hazards or incidents that have not resulted in any personal injury or property damage. Unsafe conditions, unsafe work habits, improper use of equipment, use of malfunctioning equipment, or unexpected reactions are examples of SCANs.
The Institutional Biosafety Committee is charged with reviewing and approving research conducted with microorganisms pathogenic to humans, plants, or animals.
The Radiation/Laser Safety Committee is charged with establishing policies and procedures in accordance with current regulations established by the Texas Bureau of Radiation Control (BRC), as well as providing administrative advice regarding radiation safety and approving all applications, amendments and sublicense renewals relating to the use of radiation safety.
The Radiation Protection Program serves a radiation-use program that is overseen by a Radioactive Materials Broad License issued to the university by the Texas Bureau of Radiation. Most of the radiation-use program currently consists of researchers using radioisotopes to label amino acids on proteins, nucleic acids, sugars and other molecules; and researchers using X-ray diffraction machines and small sealed sources. The use of ionizing radiation is important to academic research, and using these materials and instruments safely is obviously of equal importance.
Faculty and staff may obtain EH&S forms here.