Research Ethics Consultation Service (RECS)

UM Ethics Programs’ Research Ethics Consultation Service (RECS) is a free resource for persons at UM who find themselves confronting an ethical issue or question during the development, conduct, analysis or reporting of research.

RECS faculty consultants have a broad range of experience and expertise in research ethics, and can advise about ethical issues that commonly (or not so commonly) arise during the research cycle.

RECS complements but does not supersede the work of other entities at UM that are involved in the supervision of research, such as the Human Subjects Research Office (HSRO) and its Institutional Review Boards (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), or the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (VPR).  In particular, interactions with RECS consultants do not supplant any reporting requirements to/for these other UM entities (e.g., reporting to the anonymous ’Cane Watch hotline).

See the RCR Resources page for entities that also provide support for researchers and/or supervision of research activities.  See the RECS Frequently Asked Questions for more information about RECS services or review the RECS Standard Operating Procedures.

To request a RECS consult: Open this RECS request form and then submit it. Login with your UM email address or CaneID and associated password may be required.

For sensitive enquiries, consider using the anonymous, confidential “Canewatch” service.  Learn more about the Canewatch service at

After submission of the request form, a member of the RECS faculty team will contact you within three (3) business days.  If your matter requires a faster response, please so indicate when making the request.  If you do not receive a sufficiently prompt response, call the Ethics Programs office at 305-243-5723 and ask to leave an urgent message for a RECS consultant.

If you don’t find the information you need on the Frequently Asked Questions page, contact us at