The Office of Research Compliance (RSCP), a unit of the Office of Research & Innovation, is responsible for ensuring institutional compliance with federal and state regulatory requirements and University policies pertaining to sponsored and unsponsored research. RSCP also operates the Central Laboratory Animal Facility (CLAF) which is responsible for the housing and care of all non-agricultural animals used in research, training, and teaching activities at the University.
All University research, teaching, and training activities involving animals covered
under either the Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory
Animals (“PHS Policy”) or the USDA Animal Welfare Act and Regulations (AWAR) are subject
to review and approval by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC),
irrespective of funding source. Institutional policy (701.0, Animal Care and Use)
precludes the use of dogs, cats, and nonhuman primates in University research.
University research, teaching, and business activities involving recombinant and/or
synthetic nucleic acid materials (rDNA); microorganisms; biological toxins; bloodborne
pathogens; human and nonhuman primate materials; and transgenic plants and animals,
are subject to review and approval by the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC).
RSCP also works closely with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) for
ongoing oversight of activities subject to IBC review and approval.
Any item that is sent from the United States to a foreign destination is an export.
The release of controlled items/information to a foreign person within the boundaries
of the United States is a “deemed export.” The release (export) of certain goods,
services, technology, data, and technical information is strictly controlled by Federal
regulations. Prior to collaborating with, visiting, or sharing equipment, technical
data and information, etc. with foreign persons in the United States or abroad, personnel
must determine whether government authorization is needed for those activities.
Research is defined as a systematic investigation, including research development,
testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
A human subject is a living person about whom an investigator conducting research
obtains either (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual; or
(2) identifiable private information. Activities meeting both these definitions is
considered Human Subjects Research (HSR) and is subject to review and approval by
the Institutional Review Board (IRB). All such activities must be approved prior to
project initiation; projects will not be approved retroactively. Research activities
may be approved for up to one year at a time.
The University of Arkansas places the highest value on research integrity. The protection
of the rights and interests of research participants, the maintenance of the public
trust, and the freedom to disseminate ideas through the publication of research results
are critical to the institutional mission and values. The Office of Research Compliance
reviews all COI/COC submissions and all allegations of research misconduct.
- Jason G. Ramage, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 575-2105
- Candita Meek, Compliance Coordinator, Export Compliance, email@example.com, 575-5054
- Shatara Porchia-White, Compliance Coordinator, Institutional Biosafety Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, 575-2671
- Tina Poseno, CLAF Manager and IACUC Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, 575-2994
- Sarah Santos, Compliance Coordinator, Radiation Safety Committee and Toxic Substances Committee, CLAF billing, firstname.lastname@example.org, 575-6725
- Ro Windwalker, Compliance Coordinator, Institutional Review Board, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, 575-2208
- Lane Vassar, Animal Care Technician, email@example.com
- Kate Williams, Attending Veterinarian, firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-633-1317
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RESEARCH COMPLIANCE ALERT
IACUC Meeting: Friday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. in AFLS D-105. Deadline for submitting protocols for review at the meeting is at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting. All PI’s submitting a new AUP are welcome to attend the meeting in person to present or answer questions if they so wish.
IBC Meeting: Thursday, May 9 at 2:15PM in MLKG Room 107
IRB Meeting: Wednesday, May 8, at 12:00 in MLKG 107.