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RICRO recognized by CSU Activities Board

June 5, 2009

For their unique and important role on campus, the CSU Activities Board recognized RICRO with a luncheon on Tuesday, May 26.

RICRO's role

The Research Integrity & Compliance Review Office, or RICRO, plays a critical role in keeping research endeavors running smoothly at Colorado State University. From organ transplants for dogs to water-use surveys, RICRO aims to empower Colorado State’s faculty, staff, and students to model ethical behavior in all phases of their research. RICRO’s training programs focus on how to maintain an ethical environment of research in four specific areas: the protection of animal subjects and human participants, the ethical use of controlled substances, and the responsible use of bio-hazardous agents and rDNA.

With a full-time staff of seven, plus several work study students, the employees keep busy reviewing, renewing, and processing over 1,000 proposals a year. RICRO’s Director, Dr. Kathy Partin, said the atmosphere is hectic but they are fortunate to have a committed and knowledgeable staff. “The staff is incredibly talented in their understanding of the regulations and they approach their work with the idea that they are part of the research team,” said Partin. She added that they seek to remove impediments for researchers while protecting the research subjects and the reputation of the institution. They do all they can to help researchers avoid unethical and irresponsible research practices that could have permanent, devastating effects not only on an individual’s career but also the institution. When compliance issues do arise though, the staff will work late into the night, without compensation, trying to resolve the concerns. For the most serious complaints, CSU has a formal review policy and the entire process is guided by the CSU Research Integrity Officer.

RICRO trainings and workshops

A critical component of the mission of RICRO is to assist departments in training their students in the fundamental aspects of research integrity. They have developed several training modules and teaching resources, and they are also available for individualized, on-demand training. New this summer, RICRO will also be hosting campus educational programs. A campus-wide workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 9, at the Fort Collins Hilton to discuss the development of these training programs to promote responsible conduct of research. Members of the RICRO team also host lunch and learn events to communicate new information and share experiences with their colleagues. If you are interested in joining a lunch and learn or learning more about the resources available through RICRO, visit their website at

Recognition luncheon

For their unique and important role on campus, the CSU Activities Board recognized RICRO with a luncheon on Tuesday, May 26. RICRO was nominated not only for their professionalism and dedication, but also for the courteous manor they impart on everyone they work with. In 2009, the Activities Board is recognizing one group a month with a party and great prizes. If you would like to nominate a group, entity, or College for this recognition, please visit And from everyone with the CSU Activities Board – thank you RICRO for all you do for CSU!

Contact: Kelly Kimple
Phone: (970) 491-5506