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Ethics and Human Research

It is indubitable that science would have been unable to progress without the use of human research subjects. Unfortunately, it is equally indubitable that too much of this use has represented abuse, with well-publicized instances such as the Tuskegee experiments, the Willowbrook studies, or the Nuremburg revelations representing only the tip of an iceberg. Exposure of these atrocities has galvanized Western societies into articulating moral principles for human research in such documents as the Nuremburg Code, the Declaration of Helsinki and the Belmont Report. The many benefits to science and society emerging from research on human beings must be tempered and conditioned by respect for the well-being, informed acquiescence, and human rights of subjects. At CSU, we recognize the complexity of effecting such a balance, and are committed to accomplishing it in whatever research we undertake on human beings. We are well-aware that society is inelastic in its demand for solid moral foundations in research, and will not and should not tolerate shortcomings in their application to human subjects. We are correlatively fully committed to demonstrating our adherence to exemplary standards for human research.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WORKING WITH HUMAN SUBJECTS AT CSU:

http://web.research.colostate.edu/ricro/hrc/hrc.aspx