Name: Cecilia Bruce
          Compliance Officer
Phone: 713.313.7079

Name: Adana F. Brown
          Project Coordinator II
Phone: 713.313.7475
Email: brown


Protocol Review Application Information

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 Regulatory Services (DRERS) 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 DRERS 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 DRERS or respective committee may ask the investigator to complete an application.  

The Department of Research Enhancement and Regulatory 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 DRERS 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 Cecilia Bruce, Compliance Officer for Research, at or at 713-313-7079.  To obtain a password for electronic protocol submission, investigators should email Ms. Bruce 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:


Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Texas Southern University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Program's assigned Assurance Number is A3897-01.  The IACUC oversees the use of laboratory animals for research or instructional purposes and it evaluates all aspects of the institution's animal care and use program. Each institution that receives Public Health Service (PHS) support for activities involving vertebrate animals is subject to the authority of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and must operate an animal care and use program with clear lines of authority and responsibility. The program includes:

  • a properly constituted and functioning Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC);
  • procedures for self monitoring;
  • an adequate veterinary care program
  • an occupational health and safety program
  • a personnel training program
  • an environment, housing and management program for animals;
  • appropriately maintained facilities for housing and support.

Procedures and Guidelines

  Protocol Submissions

 Helpful Links

Chemical and Biological Safety Committee (CBSC)

The Chemical and Biological Safety Committee (CBSC) provides general oversight for activities involving the use of biohazardous agents and hazardous chemicals at Texas Southern University (TSU). The CBSC’s primary goal is to safeguard the protection of personnel, the general public and the environment.   In order to meet this goal, the committee provides guidelines for requirements for safe laboratory, biological and chemical safety practices; establishes, reviews and approves policies, procedures, and training pursuant to the safe use of hazardous biological and chemical substances. Additionally, the CBSC provides consulting services to TSU researchers and advisement to the Office of Research on all aspects of biological and chemical safety, including guidance and assistance concerning hazardous waste management and disposal on the campus of TSU.

Documents And Forms

P-Card Authorization Download Document
P-Card Purchase of Chemicals Classified as Controlled Substances Memo from the Provost Download Document
Controlled Substances Download Document
Texas Southern University Chemical Laboratory and Hazard Communications Disciplinary Policy Statement Download Document


Procedures, Guidelines, and Forms

Helpful Links

Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS)

Texas Southern University's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) assigned Federal Wide Assurance Number is FWA00003570 .  Human Subjects Protection Training. The purpose of the CPHS is to review research proposals involving human subjects and to ensure that proper precautions will be taken to ensure the safety and rights of participants. Such review is intended to emphasize the important role of ethics in conducting research as well as to protect the participants, researchers, faculty advisors', and the university against potential risks and liabilities.

Human Subject Protection Training

Human Subject Protection Training is REQUIRED for all investigators conducting research involving human subjects, human derived materials, or human derived data regardless of the funding or non-funding source by the  Protecting Human Research Training Site. Certificates are only valid for two years.

 Procedures and Guidelines

 Protocol Submissions

  Helpful Links

Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)

The Texas Southern University Radiation Safety Committee (RSC) collectively assumes responsibility from the standpoint of radiological safety for the University involving radioactivity or radiation-producing devices. The Committee reviews and approves applications for Radioactive Material License (or License Renewal), and amendments to the radioactive materials license to be submitted to the Texas Bureau of Radiation Control. The committee reviews and grants permission or disapproves the use of radioactivity or radiation producing devices within Texas Southern University, the Committee reviews and prescribes special conditions, requirements and restrictions that will be necessary to protect TSU personnel and the general population from health hazards associated with radioactivity and radiation producing devices located at Texas Southern University, including but not restricted to accelerators, reactors and x-ray devices. Such condition requirements and restrictions shall be made in accordance with State, Federal and City regulations. The committee prepares and disseminates information on radiological protection and provides training for the use and guidance of staff and students, the committee reviews and approves the Radiation Safety Manual. When and where necessary the Committee has the authority to form a Radiation Subcommittee to develop and propose amendments to the Radiation Safety Manual as deemed required.

Procedures, Guidelines, and Forms

Helpful Links