Mission Statement

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

Office History

The Research Compliance Office was established in the summer of 2007. With the appointment of Office staff members as the University’s Privacy and Conflict of Interest Officers, the Office assumed lead responsibility for policy, process, and oversight of these two important aspects of academic research. The Office partners with a growing team of compliance liaisons throughout the campus to ensure awareness and accountability for these and other topics.

Research compliance issues often affect multiple program offices and academic units. For example, our institutional response to Export Control regulations has implications for Sponsored Research, Human Resources, Environment, Health and Safety, Technology Development, and University Counsel, and depends on all academic units and the Office of Research Information Systems to provide communication and tools to facilitate compliance.

Research Compliance Officer

Robin Cyr

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research