Research Compliance

The Office of Research Compliance (RSCP), a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Economic Development, is responsible for assisting faculty, staff and students in complying with federal and state regulatory requirements for sponsored and unsponsored research and with the associated University policies.


Biological Safety

Activities which involve microbiological agents, (bacterial, viral, fungal, and certain multicellular parasites), biological toxins, recombinant DNA molecules, human or non-human primate blood or tissues, and animal cell cultures must have the approval of the Biosafety Committee. Prior approval is required in most cases.

Export Control

Information and/or materials, i.e., technology or technical data, which may have bearing on our national security and to which access is limited or even prohibited by export regulations. Training of personnel is mandatory and a technology control plan must be approved prior to beginning the activity.

Human Subjects

Systematic investigations through which the investigator obtains information from interaction/intervention with an individual or personal identifiable information. Prior approval is required. Federal law and University policy prohibit retroactive approvals.

Radiation Safety

The use of radionuclides or radiation-producing equipment (includes equipment containing sealed sources of ionizing radiation) on campus or under the direction of University personnel and/or students.

Responsible Conduct of Research

  • Recognizing and reporting research misconduct in scientific research.
  • Conflict of Interest (UA Policy 404.0)

Toxic Substances

Activities that require the use of materials/substances which are hazardous or toxic in nature.

Vertebrate Animals

All research, research training, experimentation, biological testing, and related activities involving live vertebrate conducted at this institution or other locations by University personnel and students in furtherance of a University activity.

Other Support/Assistance

RSCP also provides administrative support for the following.

  • Research Council
  • Material Transfer Agreements
  • Traineeships/Clerkships
  • DEA Registration

Contact the Director for assistance with any of these.

RSCP Staff

  • Candita Meek, Compliance Coordinator, Export Compliance, (canditam@uark.edu), 575-5054
  • John Hahn, D.V.M., Veterinarian, jwhahn@uark.edu, 575-2593
  • Ro Windwalker, Compliance Coordinator (iwindwal@uark.edu), Institutional Review Board (irb@uark.edu), 575-2208
  • Sarah Santos, Compliance Coordinator, Radiation Safety Committee (ssantos@uark.edu), 575-6725
  • Shatara Porchia-White, Compliance Coordinator, Institutional Biosafety Committee, (sporchia@uark.edu), 575-2671
  • Tina Poseno, CLAF Manager, IACUC Administrator Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, poseno@uark.edu, 575-2994


  RESEARCH COMPLIANCE ALERT

REMINDER: Changes are coming to the IRB Protocol submission process. Please click here for details and a training schedule.


IACUC Submission Deadline Change: Due to the summer schedule and a need to accommodate recent ABI awards, the IACUC July and August meetings will be combined and held on July 28. Deadline for submitting protocols for review at the meeting is July 21, 2017 at 4:00 PM.