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Office of Research Integrity (Compliance)

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 Numbers

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


Contact the Office of Research Integrity

Office of Research Integrity
Western Kentucky University
Wetherby Administration Building Room 301


 Robin Pyles


Robin Pyles

 Compliance Manager

Human Protections Administrator

Office of Research and Integrity

Western Kentucky University

College Heights Blvd. #11026

Bowling Green, KY 42101-1026 


Office Phone: 270-745-3360


Mailing Address:

Office of Research Integrity
301 Wetherby Administration Building
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11026
Bowling Green,  Kentucky 42101

Compliance is Everyone's Responsibility



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).





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 Last Modified 3/14/24