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What is Research Compliance?

Compliance means abiding by all applicable regulations and University policies when conducting research.

Who is Responsible for Compliance at USD?

Compliance is the responsibility of the individual researcher. The Office of Research Compliance is a resource to assist you in understanding the rules, and to provide you with the tools needed for compliance.

What is a Compliance Audit?

In addition to providing training and resources on compliance, the Office of Research Compliance also conducts regular audit of research, to ensure that all applicable regulations and policies are being followed. If an instance of non-compliance is found, we work cooperatively with the researcher to get the project back into compliance, and to make all required legal notifications.

What Programs Are Overseen by the Office of Research Compliance?

We specialize in assisting researchers in the more heavily regulated aspects of research. These include:

  • Animal Protection
  • Environmental, Health & Safety
  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Export Controls
  • Human Subject Protection

If you have any questions about complying with federal or state regulations, or USD policies, please contact us at (605)677-6184, or

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