Wellesley College expects all personnel (faculty, staff, and students) engaged in research to conduct themselves with integrity and to carry out their work in a manner that upholds the ethical standards of their discipline and the institution's values of inclusion and respect for all individuals.

The Office of Sponsored Research oversees the institution's research compliance programs, including the following areas. Please visit each area for procedures.

Behavioral Code of Conduct for Research

Research Misconduct

Research Integrity Policy & Training

Financial Conflicts of Interest in Research

Human Subjects Protections

Wellesley College relies upon Brandeis University for all IRB reviews.

Animal Care and Use

The Wellesley College IACUC provides assistance to investigators in fulfilling their obligations to plan and conduct animal research in accordance with the highest scientific, humane, and ethical principles.


Wellesley College's Biosafety Program serves to protect faculty, staff and students from exposure to biohazardous materials, to guard against the release of biohazardous materials that may harm humans, animals, plants or the environment, and to protect the integrity of experimental materials. Responsibility for oversight of the program resides with the Environmental Health and Safety Office, the Science Center Office and the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC). All recombinant DNA studies, pathogenic organisms, and bloodborne pathogens must be registered with the IBC.