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. 

Please click here to read the RUSH Compliance Manual. 

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Learn about the informed consent quality improvement plan

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Learn about available education and training opportunities

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Learn about the QA/QI auditing and monitoring program

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Learn about disclosure of outside professional activities & what to do to report them

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Learn about research misconduct and how to report a potential allegation

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Learn who is required to complete this training as well as reviewing videos on this content

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Learn about this resource available and the regulations pertaining to this type of research

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

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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.

Who We Are

Stephanie Guzik
Stephanie Guzik, MBA, BSN, RN, CHRC
University Compliance Officer
Associate Vice President, Research Compliance, and Conflict of Interest
(312) 942-1296
Mary Keller
Mary G. Keller, BSN, RN, CHRC, CCRC 
Director, Conflict of Interest
(312) 942-4485
Conflict of Interest

Rose GarciaRose Garcia

COI Manager, Conflict of Interest
(312) 942-0287
Corporate Compliance, Conflict of Interest Office
Colleen Sowinski
Colleen S. Sowinski, MBA, MPH, CCRP, CHRC
Research Compliance Specialist
(312) 942-8314
Education and Training
Jennifer Strong
Jennifer Strong, MS, CHRC, CCRP
Research Compliance Specialist
(312) 563-2107
Auditing, Education and Training   
Cheryl Jamison, RN, BSN
Research Compliance Specialist
(312) 942-6299
Auditing, Education and Training
Jake Boudreaux, BS
Compliance COI Specialist
(312) 942-8613
Conflict of Interest