Office of Research Compliance (ORC)

Research conducted at UNC Charlotte is subject to a wide range of federal and state policies established to ensure ethical conduct in research. It is the responsibility of the Office of Research Compliance to facilitate and monitor university-wide compliance with these regulations and policies as well as ensuring ethical conduct in all areas of research.

Through its work with the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Office of Research Compliance ensures respect, fairness and safety in human subjects’ research. Likewise, oversight for the humane care and use of animals used in research and teaching is achieved through a working relationship with the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

The Office of Research Compliance coordinates compliance measures on campus and acts as a resource for the university community's concerns regarding compliance requirements. This office works with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Environmental Health and Safety Office overseeing biohazardous agents used in research and monitoring safety concerns involving chemicals and radiation. The Office of Research Compliance is also charged with management and oversight of Export Control regulations at UNC Charlotte.

Administrative support, data base management, recordkeeping, and reporting for respective compliance committees is provided by the Office of Research Compliance as deemed necessary by university policy and procedures.

In addition, training services are provided to principal investigators, graduate students, and departments on the proper methods of conducting research in compliance with federal and state requirements.