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Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) provides comprehensive guidance and oversight in areas of research integrity and compliance that span a wide range of complex networks of regulatory, sponsor, and agency requirements, as well as university policies.

Ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations

Welcome to the Office of Research Compliance (ORC). We’re here to assist faculty, staff, and students with research and academic activities, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, as well as sponsor requirements and university policies.

We provide guidance to navigate regulatory requirements and emphasize the importance of compliance to avoid possible severe institutional and individual penalties. Researchers must be familiar with university policies related to government regulations and work with compliance committees imposed by federal laws.

Our goal is to make compliance manageable. Reach out with any questions or concerns. Together, we can ensure research is conducted to meet every standard.

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Compliance is integrated throughout many parts of the research process

Services Offered

The Office of Research Compliance provides administrative and technical support for three institutional administrative compliance groups on campus. Our range of services aims to facilitate and promote ethical and compliant research practices throughout the Boise State community

Human Subjects - IRB

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Animal Care - IACUC

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Biosaftey- IBC

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Research Misconduct

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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

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Export Controls

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Controlled Data

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CITI Training

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Drone Operations

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Research and Creative Activity Ecosystem: ORC Expertise

At Boise State University, the Office of Research Compliance (ORC) is vital in supporting principal investigators and their projects’ lifecycles. Working hand-in-hand with principal investigators and their college and departmental administrative staff, ORC offers specialized assistance to navigate the journey within the Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Ecosystem.

ORC’s Contributions to the RCA Ecosystem

ORC’s Contributions to the RCA Ecosystem include:

  • Expert Guidance: Providing comprehensive expertise and consultation across the breadth of Research Compliance programs.
  • Investigator Support: Assisting faculty and personnel with navigating the complex regulatory requirements of research compliance programs and any associated review processes
  • Program Required Training: Providing program-required training for applicable personnel ranging from online to in-person options.

Boise State has honed the process into seven steps. Do you need full support along the way? We built a path that takes you from start to finish. But for those who need support in one, two, or a few of these steps, you’re not alone. We’ve built a system that allows you to choose your own adventure and jump into any of these steps as you need them. Let’s have a conversation to help you get started.

Research and Creative Activity Ecosystem

When to work with the Office of Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) interacts with researchers and project directors in the RCA Ecosystem during steps 1, 3, 5 and 6. Below are examples of ways ORC supports in this process:

  • Step 1: Generate Idea – Assisting in study design that may impact ability to meet program requirements or level of review.
  • Step 3: Prepare Proposal – Assisting with project planning and budgeting for particular recharge center utilization.
  • Step 5: Accept Award – Supporting any necessary program committee approvals are in place.
  • Step 6: Manage Award – Supporting any committee approvals including modifying protocols to accommodate changes in the work or personnel.

Whether you need a fully supported, step-by-step research or creative activity partner or would like specific support within one or more of these steps, we are here to help. Discover your personalized path by walking through the steps above. Then, contact us. We can support you along your pathway, at any step.


Questions on IRB Process? IACUC? Export Control? Need to Report Noncompliance? Review some of our most frequently requested resources or contact us at