Research Compliance



Please be advised that all research proposals submitted by Texas Southern University’s (TSU) research faculty, research staff and graduate students that involve the use of animal models, human subjects, recombinant DNA, and/or radioactive isotopes must be approved by the respective University Research Compliance Committee (URCC).  Principal Investigators may refer to TSU policies and procedures for the use of animals, humans, radioisotopes and recombinant DNA in research. The investigator may contact the Office of Research - Department of Research Enhancement and Compliance Services (DRECS) Director/staff or the respective committee chairs for an authoritative decision and/or advice on the application of the federal regulations and TSU policies. 

The completion of applications and/or relevant forms and approval of protocols by the respective committee is mandatory and should be done before the submission of proposals to funding agencies, and before the implementation of any research project involving the use of human subjects, animal models, radiation or recombinant DNA.  Hence, it is imperative that the appropriate application and/or forms are completed and submitted to the committees well in advance of rigid deadlines.  Applicants should submit their applications one month in advance of scheduled committee meeting dates to allow ample time for the review process and approval notification.  In cases where it is not clear whether the study requires committee review the DRECS or the respective committee may ask the investigator to send a memorandum by e-mail or hard copy detailing the proposed activity. In complicated cases, the DRECS or respective committee may ask the investigator to complete an application.  

The Department of Research Enhancement and Compliance Services has implemented the TOPAZ Technology electronic system for the protocol submission, review, and approval processes for the Committee for Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).  Therefore, all faculty, staff and students who are currently or are planning to use animals or human subjects must log on to submit their applications to the IACUC or CPHS. The DRECS communicates the decision of all research compliance committees to the investigator via the TOPAZ electronic management system, hard copy and/or email. For inquiries regarding the use of the TOPAZ system investigators should contact Tequerio Banks, Project Coordinator for Research Compliance at Larkins_ts@tsu.eduor at 713-313-4301.  To obtain a password for electronic protocol submission, investigators should email Mrs. Banks the request with their full name including the middle initial, contact phone number, email address and department.

The following links contain reference guides for instructions on how to use the online TOPAZ application system for the use of animal and human subject research; and the application forms for the use of radioactive isotopes and recombinant DNA. Investigators may also find the policies, procedures, training manuals, safety manuals, other support forms and relevant information for the respective committees in the links:

TOPAZ Website and Quick Reference Guide: