Research Compliance Certification

The University of North Carolina at Asheville recognizes that it is able to conduct research and programmatic activities through the support of public and private sponsorship. The sponsored program activity directly benefits the university's mission by providing funding and opportunities to undergraduates to gain practical experience in their fields of study. By supporting University mission and growth, the sponsor has an expectation that researchers or project directors will engage in activities with integrity. The University of North Carolina at Asheville actively pursues compliance with appropriate regulatory requirements to instill the public's confidence in the university's sponsored program activities.

Information contained in the compliance links provide some general compliance information. Regulations change periodically and some agencies have unique requirements. This website may not fully address the specifics of the compliance requirement or the University's processes. If you require more information, please feel free to contact the appropriate committee or the Chief Research Officer.

New/Proposed Regulatory Changes

IRB Regulations (In Progress)

The Department of Health and Human Services is proposing massive changes to the regulations governing human subject review. Although these regulations have not taken place, the rules will vastly change the way the University conducts research. Read the proposed changes to the regulations.

Responsible Conduct in Research Training (Implemented)

The National Science Foundation established a requirement for all undergraduate and graduate students to complete a responsible conduct in research (RCR) program. In order to comply, the University of North Carolina at Asheville adopted the CITI training program to facilitate this training requirement. All undergraduate students working on National Science Foundation grants will need to complete this training prior to receiving payment for sponsored program research.

Financial Conflict of Interest (In Progress)

In early 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services solicited comments regarding new regulatory requirements designed to address short falls in current regulations. The new policy will require the university to address conflict of interest through after the fact reporting. Once disclosed, the individual's conflict of interest and steps taken to mitigate it will be made available to the public through a yet to be defined vehicle.  Researchers can find out more on this proposed regulation.