Office of Regulatory and Research Compliance

The mission of the Office of Regulatory and Research Compliance (ORRC) is to support and promote ethical research practices at the University at Albany, State University of New York. ORRC serves the University research community by coordinating institution-wide research compliance policy and procedure development, and by partnering with researchers, so that the University is compliant with federal, state, and local laws and regulations as well as University policies. ORRC provides policies, procedures, support, training and advice to aid researchers with compliance related to federal, state, university, and local regulations with regard to research.

ORRC also identifies compliance risks and communicates those risks to the research community. Finally, ORRC monitors and investigates instances of noncompliance to protect the University's research reputation.

To fulfill its mission, ORRC staff offer the University community a variety of services:

Research Compliance Board Administration

Staff assist University researchers with their IRB and IACUC protocol submissions to facilitate the review process.  Staff are available to advise during protocol development and help investigators resolving IRB/IACUC review items.

Training and Presentations

Staff are available to offer presentations to units, programs and Schools on the regulatory research compliance topics.  Sessions can be custom tailored by discipline, level (e.g. graduate students, department faculty, etc.)

Compliance Guidance

Staff respond to individual questions and concerns about compliance issues. If you have questions regarding research compliance, ethics, or best business practices, please contact the office at: [email protected].

Your feedback is very important and encouraged.  If you have any compliments, complaints, questions,
or suggestions about our service or staff, please click here to give confidential feedback.  You may also
contact Dr. Erin M. Bell, Interim Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance, at [email protected] or at 518-437-4744. Or Terrell D. Rabb, M.A., Interim Director, at [email protected] or at 518-437-4565.

    IRB Instructions and Guidance for submitting IRB study review requests. Please read carefully; requests that do not follow instructions will be returned without review.

    What if I am not a UAlbany faculty, student, or staff, and want to conduct research at UAlbany?
    External (unaffiliated) investigators who wish to conduct research that takes place on the UAlbany campus or that involves UAlbany faculty, students, or staff, must obtain approval from their institution's IRB and must also obtain UAlbany institutional permission from both of the following two UAlbany officials:

    Office of Regulatory and Research Compliance (ORRC); and
    Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness (IR).

    Full instructions are found here.

     

Research Participant Information

https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ohrp-questions-to-ask-volunteer-research.pdf

https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/arp-flyer.pd

    Using UAlbany as Research Site

    If you are a UAlbany Faculty, Staff, or Student Researcher: 

    If your research project activity will recruit participants SOLELY from the Psychology Research Pool and will involve human subjects research, you must submit an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application.  IRB Instructions and Guidance for submitting IRB study review requests. Please read carefully; requests that do not follow instructions will be returned without review.

    Any human subject research project activity that will NOT solely recruit from the Psychology Research Pool -- Policy on Surveys of UAlbany Populations requires that all survey and focus group activity involving UAlbany students, faculty, staff or alumni must be coordinated with the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness (IRPE) by filling out the UAlbany Survey Request Form.

    What if I am not a UAlbany faculty, student, or staff, and want to conduct research at UAlbany?


    External (unaffiliated) investigators who wish to conduct research that takes place on the UAlbany campus or that involves UAlbany faculty, students, or staff, must obtain approval from their institution's IRB and must also obtain UAlbany institutional permission from both of the following two UAlbany officials from the Office of Regulatory and Research Compliance (ORRC); and the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness (IR).   Full instructions are found here.

     

    IACUC Instructions and Guidance for submitting IACUC study review requests. Please read carefully; requests that do not follow instructions will be returned without review.