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Temporary Pause in Human Subjects Research

To allow for a safer campus community- including our faculty, staff, and students, as well as the surrounding Denver area- in response to the changing impact of COVID-19, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education Dr. Corinne Lengsfeld is recommending a pause in human subjects research  beginning Monday, Oct. 6, and  this pause has been continued as of Monday, Nov. 9.  An update will be provided when human subjects research can resume.

During this temporary pause, investigators and clinicians are asked to postpone any research activities or clinic appointments that require an unaffiliated participant or client to physically come to the DU campus. For faculty and student research investigators, there may be situations where the research must continue. For clinicians who have appointments with clients and cannot or should not postpone the appointment, a waiver can be issued if the situation or circumstances meet the criteria for an appeal. Please read the communication from Dr. Lengsfeld and review the updated Research FAQs. If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Lengsfeld or Jerry Mauck.


As DU continues to response to the impact of COVID-19 on research, the DU campus, and the community, the Office of Research Integrity & Education (ORIE) is responding and implementing procedural changes to continue to protect University of Denver investigators, research participants, and the on-going research projects that are conducted in our labs. The IRB, IACUC, and IBC continue to accept and process submissions while being observant of the guidelines outlined in the DU COVID-19 Protocols for Research, Scholarship, & Creative Work guidance. All PIs and their research staff members must follow the DU COVID-19 guidelines that have been established for reopening research, scholarship, and creative work issued through the Provost's Office.

Human Subjects Research
Once a PI has received an acknowledgement letter and building access from the Provost's office, they can restart the following forms of human subjects research:
• In-person human subjects research on DU campus that follows strict safety guidelines is allowed.
• In-person human subjects research at other research and higher education institutions that follows safety guidelines is allowed.
• In-person human subjects off campus, including community-based organizations, who have established safety guidelines, is allowed.
• In-person human subjects research that involves bodily fluids, (i.e., blood draws, sputum samples, etc.) regardless of whether it takes place on or off campus, is allowed.
** Please note: In-person human subjects research in participants' homes is NOT allowed at this time. **

Please refer to the DU COVID-19 website for additional guidance and information.

Non-Human Subject Research Labs on Campus
Researchers may resume research once they are approved to return to campus by following the "DU COVID-19 Protocols for Research, Scholarship, & Creative Work" guidance. All PIs and their research staff members must follow the DU COVID-19 guidelines that have been established for reopening research, scholarship, and creative work issued through the Provost's Office.

All of us are facing unexpected challenges, decisions, and questions, many of which are unprecedented. As such, guidance and details are emerging in real time. Please refer to the following resources below:
• Updated research-specific FAQs. Campus COVID-19 resources are also being updated regularly, and can be found on the Research FAQ portion of the DU COVID-19 webpage.
• Your questions are important. If your human subjects research-related questions have not been answered in the FAQs or by your supervisor, please submit your question or request a consultation through the IRBAdmin@du.edu. We will respond directly and potentially by adding these answers to our FAQs.

Please know that campus leadership and the Office of Research Integrity & Education (ORIE) staff is here to provide guidance, resources, and support to assist researchers during this challenging time.

mission statement

The Office of Research Integrity & Education (ORIE) provides services that support the efforts of the DU research community in their research endeavors to ensure active adherence to the ethical principles and professional standards essential for the responsible practice of research.

Within the Office of Research Integrity & Education, the following compliance committees are provided with ORIE administrative and professional personnel to oversee the research conducted by affiliated investigators on the DU campus:

  • Human Subject Research (Institutional Review Board)
  • Animal Welfare (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee)
  • rDNA and Biosafety (Institutional Biosafety Committee)

To ensure that research conducted at the University of Denver is safe and ethical, and promotes a culture of integrity, the Office of Research Integrity & Education manages and provides training and education in the following programs:

  • Research Conflict of Interest
  • Responsible Conduct of Research