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 the Office of the Vice Provost and Vice President for Research. To promote this culture of compliance, we partner with the University, Corporate, and Legal Offices.

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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 your outside interest disclosure responsibilities & 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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Learn about FAQ’s and tidbits of additional information that will be helpful to researchers.

Programmatic Elements

Oversight of the regulatory, ethical and compliance aspects of all 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

Seven Elements of a Research Compliance Program

1. Implementing written policies, procedures and standards of conduct - Policies can be found at Inside Rush - Policies and Procedures

2. Designating a Compliance Committee - Organizational Chart

3. Conducting effective training and education 

4. Developing effective lines of communication - Rush Hotline Information

5. Conducting internal monitoring and auditing

6. Enforcing standards through well-publicized disciplinary guidelines (e.g., Code of Conduct)

7. Responding promptly to detected offenses and understanding corrective action (investigating resarch non-compliance)

Who We Are

Stephanie Guzik
Stephanie Guzik, MBA, RSN, RN, CHRC
Director, Office of Research Compliance Research Integrity Officer
(312) 942-1296
Mary Keller
Mary G. Keller, RN, BSN, CCRC
Clinical Research Auditor
(312) 942-4485
Conflicts of Interest
Poorna Nagarajan
Poorna K. Nagarajan, MD., CCRC
Clinical Research Auditor
(312) 942-8613
Auditing and Monitoring
Colleen Sowinski
Colleen S. Sowinski, MBA, MPH, CCRP, CHRC
Clinical Research Auditor
(312) 942-8314
Education and Training