Supporting Research Compliance
RIACT handles research compliance concern intakes on behalf of OVPR. Monitoring potential risks helps RIACT collaborate with leadership to mitigate research compliance and safety risks before they become non-compliance situations. RIACT manages both the monitoring of research risks and the investigation of research compliance concerns.
Reporting Research Compliance Risks
A research risk is a current research compliance and/or safety concern that anyone within the University community wants to report to OVPR. When reporting, you will have the opportunity to request help with the mitigation of a research risk. RIACT will manage the monitoring and escalation process for the research risks.
To report a research risk, visit the Research Risk Intake Form.
Reporting risks through this form is not anonymous, and if there is a formal complaint/concern that a person wants addressed, it should not be submitted through this form, but rather through UReport.
Mitigating Research Compliance Concerns
Research risks reported are ranked based on a risk score, which is populated from the user’s input for likelihood of an event occurring and the impact said event would have on humans, animals, the University, and/or the environment. RIACT monitors the risks and works with research compliance and safety groups to mitigate those risks before they become non-compliance issues or lead to the harm of humans, animals, and/or the environment.
Reporting & Investigating Research Compliance Concerns
The University’s policy on For-Cause Investigations Related to Research Compliance Concerns encourages anyone having knowledge of potential violations of applicable regulations, policies, procedures, or other requirements to speak out. Non-compliance concerns should be reported through UReport.
UReport provides a way for University community members to report violations of rules, regulations, and policies. The report can be made anonymously. It is strongly encouraged that concerns are reported through this system. Research compliance concerns may also be reported directly to RIACT or the appropriate regulatory committee as described in the administrative procedure on Preparing and Submitting a Report of a Research Compliance Concern.
Allegations of scientific misconduct, as opposed to regulatory or procedural violations, will be handled in accordance with the University’s policy on Research Misconduct. In all situations, the privacy of complainants and witnesses will be protected to the extent possible, and University personnel are prohibited from retaliating against anyone raising a concern in good faith.