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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.  



K-State employees and students are advised to take note of the new security enhancement measures announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 21, 2017. The changes apply to all flights departing for the U.S. from ten specific airports:  

  •    Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) - Jordan
  •    Cairo International Airport (CAI) - Egypt
  •    Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Turkey
  •    King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Saudi Arabia 
  •    King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Saudi Arabia 
  •    Kuwait International Airport (KWI) – Kuwait
  •    Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Morocco
  •    Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Qatar 
  •    Dubai International Airport (DXB) – United Arab Emirates
  •    Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – United Arab Emirates

Travelers travelling from or via these airports to the U.S. will be required to check in all electronic items larger than a cellphone. Examples of items that will no longer be allowed in the cabin include laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a cellphone, travel printers, and scanners. Details of the security announcement are available on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security  website. The new measures do not affect U.S. domestic flights or to flights departing from the U.S.

The United Kingdom (UK) has implemented similar measures for all inbound flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

Individuals traveling with university owned devices or university data on personal devices are advised to:

  • Consider if electronic devices are necessary for their travel, and leave unnecessary devices behind
  • Remove all sensitive data and proprietary information from devices that is not pertinent to their travel
  • Encrypt devices, especially if you must take sensitive or proprietary data
  • Choose strict passwords for devices and online accounts
  • Back-up all data
  • Ensure that your devices remain fully charged in case you are required to enable it for inspection