The Ohio State University

The Office of Research Compliance Mission is to Support and Promote Ethical Research Practices at The Ohio State University.

ORC serves the Ohio State research community by coordinating institution-wide research compliance policy and procedure development, and by partnering with researchers, so that the university is compliant with federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as university policies.

About Us

How we accomplish our mission

  • Identify compliance risks in our research practices
  • Partner with university faculty and staff researchers to develop novel and effective ways to minimize and manage compliance risks, while also providing value to the institution and minimizing the administrative burden on researchers
  • Serve as a university-wide resource for research compliance information, new requirements, and best practices - and effectively communicating these to the research community
  • Monitor compliance in accordance with university and federal guidelines

Office of Research Compliance (ORC)

  • Works with the research deans and the directors of the Offices of Responsible Research Practices, Technology Licensing and Commercialization, University Laboratory Animal Facilities and the Office of Sponsored Programs to identify and assess operational compliance risks within the Office of Research, as well as across the institution's research enterprise
  • Coordinates the campus-wide compliance officers committee, which provides compliance support to the Institution
  • Manages the university's faculty conflict of interest policy and disclosure and management processes, as well as provides support to the faculty Conflict of Interest Advisory Committee
  • Conducts formal risk assessments of the university's research enterprise
  • Manages the university's policy and process for handling allegations of research misconduct
  • Triages or manages Office of Research-related allegations of non-compliance that are received through the institution's anonymous reporting line
  • Provides necessary compliance reports and trend analysis to the vice president for research, the university's executive leadership, the faculty, and the institution's Board of Trustees
  • Performs evaluations of program effectiveness (general or focused) in consultation with Office of Research units as well as other university units, such as Internal Audit and the Medical Center's compliance office