Office of Research Integrity & Compliance
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:
- Those that apply to the Institution as a whole irrespective of sponsored programs, i.e. affirmative action or occupational safety,
- Those that entail accounting and fiscal responsibilities with respect to sponsored programs, i.e. accounting standards, or audit requirements, and
- 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.
Office of Sponsored Programs/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):
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) [Human Subjects]
- Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
- Responsible Conduct of Research Committee (RCR)
- Biosafety Committee (IBC)
- Radiation Safety Committee (RSC)
- Chemical Safety Committee (CSC)
- Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Committee (NAGPRA)
The Office of Research Integrity & Compliance (ORIC) also works with Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management Support (EHS/RMS) to ensure lab safety and other areas of research site compliance.
The ORIC organization chart.
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) faculty, staff, students, and affiliates (including non-UAA consultants, collaborators, etc.) must comply with all applicable export laws and regulations. These guidelines specifically address the conduct of university activities subject to any of the following: the Arms Export Control Act, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Export Administration Act, the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and all economic and trade sanctions administered and enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Activities subject to export controls include, but are not limited to the transfer of controlled information, materials, software, technology or assets to foreign countries or to foreign nationals in the United States.
I need to...
- submit a proposal for IRB review
- complete human subjects training
- submit a proposal for IACUC review
- complete animal welfare training
- contact the RIC office
I would like to know more about...
- responsible conduct of research training (applies to certain NSF and NIH grants)
- frequently asked questions about animal research
- frequently asked questions about human subjects research
- the University's chemical hygiene plan
- the University's export controls policy and program procedures
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