Address Ethical Issues

Research Ethics

Core Commitments
The Office of the Vice President for Research has developed a set of Core Commitments for research conducted at the University of Minnesota. These Core Commitments represent our shared responsibility to protect research participants, uphold the highest ethical standards, and improve our practice at every step.


Center for Bioethics
The University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics offers courses and seminars in bioethics, as well as two programs to suit the aspirations of graduate and professional students as well as working professionals. These include the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Graduate Minor in Bioethics programs. The Center for Bioethics may also be able to assist researchers with conducting literature reviews on any ethics matter pertaining to innovative or unusual research designs that use human subjects.

UMN IRB Required Training
The University of Minnesota Institutional Review Board (IRB) has training requirements for researchers and research personnel involved in the conduct of human research. These trainings include the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), Responsible Conduct of Research, Assessing Capacity to Consent, and HIPAA training.

Human Research Training Website
This new CTSI tool helps users identify and maintain the appropriate training, certification, credentials, and immunizations needed to perform research with human participants at UMN. This tool creates a roadmap for each individual, which prescribes a curriculum of required and optional human research training courses customized to their specific research role, tasks, and studies assigned.


University of Minnesota IRB
The UMN Institutional Review Board (IRB) site has information on common topics for ethical consideration. Their policies page contains information on capacity to consent and laws affecting human research. Additionally, their standard operating procedures page includes procedures for consenting.

UMN Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences
The Consortium conducts original research, serves students and faculty, and advances public dialogue and understanding on emerging issues at the intersection of science and society.

NIH Department of Bioethics
The NIH Department of Bioethics is part of the NIH Clinical Center, and combines a rigorous academic environment with a commitment to clinical bioethics service at the NIH. The group provides courses for clinicians and clinical researchers, as well as a bioethics consultation service.

The Belmont Report
The Belmont Report summarizes ethical principles and guidelines for research involving human subjects; this content is hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Reporting a Violation

U Report
This reporting tool allows individuals to anonymously report research activities that may be violations of the University’s policies or other laws, rules, and regulations.

Other Resources

Additional resources on addressing ethical issues can be found through the CTSI research toolkit.