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University Research Compliance Office

University Research Compliance Office

URCO helps researchers meet regulations so they can do their research as safely and efficiently as possible. Our staff is here to help you navigate compliance and maintain K-State’s reputation for research integrity. University-wide committees provide regulatory oversight and guidance in:

  • Research on human subjects;
  • Research involving laboratory animal care and use; and
  • Research that uses recombinant DNA or biohazards materials.

URCO also oversees institutional biosafety and dual use research of concern programs and administers training that all researchers are required or highly recommended to complete, including:

  • Responsible Conduct of Research;
  • Export Controls Programs; and
  • Financial Conflict of Interest.

All of our training is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, or CITI, Program. Compliance programs and committees are listed in the menu on the left and contain training instructions tailored to individual areas.  


Recent Changes to U.S. Cuba Policy and Travel to Cuba

U.S. sanctions against Cuba fall under two separate but related regulations. The Cuban Assets Controls Regulations (CACR)31 CFR 515, administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC), Department of Treasury, and section 746.2 of Export Administration Regulations, administered by the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).

The regulations prohibit persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction from engaging in travel, imports, exports, and financial transactions involving Cuba except as authorized by the relevant U.S. government agency.

A number of general licenses authorizing transactions are relevant to the academic community; for example, transactions related to 12 categories of educational activities are authorized (see 515.565 (a)), as are transactions related to professional research and professional meetings (see 5.15.554).

On June 16, 2017, President Trump issued a memorandum on the administration’s policy on Cuba. There will be new restrictions on certain financial transactions and travel. Read the full text of the memorandum. OFAC has issued FAQs related to the announcement (PDF). Per the FAQs, the announced changes will not take effect until new regulations are issued. URCO will provide updates as information becomes available.

In the meantime, university employees intending to travel to Cuba or to conduct other business in Cuba or with Cubans are asked to contact the University Research Compliance Office at 785-532-3224 or comply@k-state.edu for guidance.