Vision Statement: To enhance USU’s culture of research excellence in the areas of compliance, regulatory awareness and research integrity.
The Division of Research Integrity and Compliance (DRIC) facilitates the development of research capacity through:
The provision of regulatory, policy and procedural support.
Oversight of the Conflict of Interest management and Export Control processes.
Handling research misconduct complaints.
Oversight of required Responsible Conduct of Research training.
Working with other Offices and Committees to ensure ethical research.
Working directly with USU investigators, leaders at the departmental and college level and division directors in the Office of Research, the director of DRIC, identifies and strengthens research-related internal control systems.
Conflict of Interest The Division of Research Integrity and Compliance (DRIC) is responsible for managing all Conflicts of Interest (individual and institutional) that are related to research.
USU’s Policy 307 states that a Conflict of Interest (COI) exists when a University employee owes a professional obligation to the University, which is or can be compromised by the pursuit of outside interests.
Responsible Conduct of Research Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is the practice of scientific investigation with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research.
The DRIC is responsible for tracking RCR compliance for NSF, USDA-NIFA, and NIH.
Export Compliance Export compliance becomes a concern when researchers and staff work on projects that are considered controlled or have publication restrictions that include foreign persons or foreign collaborators.
Researchers have the primary compliance responsibility regarding export control laws and regulations.