NOTICE: The Research Integrity & Compliance Office is experiencing a transition in staff. If you have general questions or concerns related to Compliance, please e-mail uaa_ric@uaa.alaska.edu or call 907-786-1099. For specific questions related to a compliance committee, compliance chair information is listed under each committee on the left hand side. We apologize if you experience a delay during this transition.

 
Federal and other sponsors require institutions receiving financial support to adopt policies and practices to ensure adequate stewardship of resources, ethical and reasonable conduct, proper respect and concern for societal issues, and adequate safety and protections. The responsibilities for compliance may be divided among three categories within the Institution:
  1. Those that apply to the Institution as a whole irrespective of sponsored programs, i.e. affirmative action or occupational safety,
  2. Those that entail accounting and fiscal responsibilities with respect to sponsored programs, i.e. accounting standards, or audit requirements, and
  3. Those that entail special ethical or safety considerations related to the conduct of research, i.e. human subjects research, use of animals, radiation safety, etc. The policies of Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) help to guide these responsibilities.

Responsibilities in Category 1 are spread throughout the Institution, depending upon the particular compliance issue.

The Grants and Contracts Department assumes much of the responsibility in Category 2. However, program administrators, Principal Investigators (PIs) or Program Directors (PDs) must assume primary fiscal responsibility for the appropriateness of all charges.

Oversight for the issues in Category 3 includes mandated committees such as the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), and others, but responsibility, ultimately, falls on Principal Investigators (PIs) and Project Directors (PDs) to get the appropriate reviews, approvals and permits.

UAA Research Integrity & Compliance Committees

The following committees deal with research requirements in their respective area (see links on the left):

The Research Integrity & Compliance (RIC) Office also works with Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management Support to ensure lab safety and other areas of research site compliance.

Click here for the RIC organization chart.