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Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance promotes a culture of compliance, research integrity and high-quality research within the RUSH community. We function within Corporate Compliance and have a reporting relationship to the Vice Provost for Research. To promote this culture of compliance, we partner with the Office of Research Affairs, Legal and the business units within the University.

  • These are tools to assist the Research community in achieving compliance with documentation and study implementation

  • Find the most recent updates relevant to research compliance

Programmatic Elements

Oversight of the regulatory, ethical and compliance aspects of preclinical and clinical research conducted at Rush is a complex, multidimensional undertaking. We advise and consult the research community on navigating regulatory complexities. Our mission is to support each operational area in its primary responsibility to ensure compliance. The following content areas are the focus of the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) program:

  • Human subject protections (biomedical and social/behavioral)
  • Animal use protections
  • Research privacy and security
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Assessments of scientific integrity
  • Investigate non-compliance
  • Conflicts of interest (individual and institutional)
  • Research misconduct
  • Questionable research practices
  • Financial management associated with funded research

Research Compliance Program

The ORC incorporates the seven fundamental elements of an effective compliance program (issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG)) through review and implementation of policies and procedures, conducting effective education and training, routine and for cause audits, establishing a hotline and responding promptly to detected offenses and undertaking corrective action.