The Office of Research Integrity provides guidance in the protection of the rights,
welfare, and security of faculty, staff, and students involved in activities throughout
the WKU campus system and supporting communities to ensure compliance with federal,
state and local regulations.
The Office of Research Integrity is committed to the highest standards of quality. All research activities at WKU are governed by institutional policies and compliance committees that are imposed by federal and state laws. Non-compliance can not only result in harsh penalties to WKU, but also to the individual researcher. It is the mission of WKU to foster an environment of compliance and promote the responsible conduct of research.
Assurance Organization #s
Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) 00000375
Office of Research Integrity (ORI) IPF:9186501
Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) A558-01
Institutional Biosafety (IBC) identified by Western Kentucky University
Institutional Review Board (IRB) 00000953
Health & Human Services Institution/Organization# (IORG) 0000618
Use only the current version of the WKU IRB application (and other documents) when submitting a new protocol found in the Forms and Templates Section of IRBNet.org.
Revisions, Updates, or Modifications to the study after the initial application has been submitted.
Submit updates and revisions by clicking on the “Create a New Package” button in the previous IRBNet.org submission to add new documents. This creates a -2 (and so on) to the previous submission IRBNet ID, and the WKU IRB will get everything verified. Modifications and requests for additional time to collect data require the use of the Continuing Review Form found in the Forms & Templates section of IRBNet.org.
As of 11/20/2015; Unauthorized use of the WKU IRB approval stamp by anyone other than a WKU IRB Compliance Officer will be just cause for suspension of ALL new WKU IRB approvals for a period of up to 2 years for the offending researcher(s).