The University of North Carolina Research Compliance Program is committed to advancing the highest standards of ethics, integrity and honesty, and to compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies governing research, privacy and conflict of interest. The Program strives to promote best practices and ethical behavior and to deter activity contrary to these standards by (a) anticipating risk, and (b) encouraging strong stewardship and management accountability at all levels, in collaboration with institutional colleagues responsible for compliance implementation. Program objectives include:

  • Anticipating, analyzing and communicating current compliance standards to the campus leadership, research communities and departments that support them
  • Providing oversight of and assistance with development of policies and procedures to ensure protection of human and animal study subjects
  • Providing structure for disclosure and management of conflict of interest
  • Fostering collaboration among institutional and administrative leaders with compliance responsibility to address issues that transcend departments through communication, training and integrated processes (such as HIPAA)
  • Providing leadership, coordination and assistance with the management of agency reviews, audits and investigations
  • Receipt, analysis and resolution of expressions of concern (“whistleblower” communications), including those processed through the confidential hotline

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