The University of Connecticut is committed to the highest standards of integrity in fulfilling its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research. All research activities undertaken by faculty, staff, and students at UConn will be conducted in accordance with strict ethical principles and in compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations and policies. Research Integrity & Compliance Services (RICS) reports to the Vice President for Research. RICS is responsible for providing support and training to faculty, students and staff in order to meet these requirements and maintain a robust research compliance program at UConn.
RICS works with the faculty oversight committees to promote the ethical and responsible conduct of research and to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements relating to research involving human participants, vertebrate animal subjects, biological materials, recombinant/synthetic nucleic acids, biohazards, radiation hazards, chemical hazards, and stem cells. The committees supported by this office include the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), the Institutional Review Board (IRB), the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), the Financial Conflict of Interest in Research Committee (FCOI), the Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (SCRO) the Radiation Safety Committee, the Laser Safety Committee, and the Chemical Hygiene Committee. RICS also has responsibilities relating to ClinicalTrials.gov and Responsible Conduct of Research.