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Welcome to the Office of Research Integrity & Compliance

The mission of the Office of Research Integrity & Compliance (ORIC) is to:

  • Provide services to ECU faculty, staff, students, and affiliate employees in areas of research compliance;
  • Ensure the best possible protections for human rights and welfare in research;
  • Promote research compliance through education, consultation, and oversight; and 
  • Facilitate research that will positively impact public services and regional transformation.
ORIC is dedicated to cultivating a culture of ethics, integrity, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies. The office coordinates compliance measures on both the academic and health sciences campuses. ORIC acts as a resource for the university's concerns regarding compliance requirements. Our goal is to help facilitate research and ensure it is done safely, ethically, and within the constraints of the federal and state laws as well as institutional policies and procedures.

ORIC is charged with compliance matters including:

  • Use of humans in research
  • Conflict of interest (for both research and non-research related interests);
  • Responsible conduct of research;
  • Health Insurability, Portability, and Accountability Act as it applies to research; and
  • Use of unmanned aircraft systems. 


Revisions to the federal regulations governing human research are coming January 19, 2018. Please be on the lookout for more information and training on the ORIC website and notices of changes within ePIRATE.

If you will be traveling internationally on behalf of ECU, please submit a completed International Travel form for export control review and approval. Please submit this form as soon as you become aware that you will be traveling internationally. Click here to access the form.