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Aloha! We are the Office of Research Compliance and we are here to help.

The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) assures the public that research at UH is performed responsibly. Established in 2012, ORC provides support and services to the University of Hawai`i system of 10 campuses.  

We assure that research conducted in the system complies with federal, state, and university policies. Our office:

  • Develops research compliance policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Receives and handles allegations of research misconduct and whistleblower retaliation
  • Approves, and monitors adherence to, research protocols
  • Educates researchers on the responsible conduct of research
  • Assists researchers in obtaining permits for importing regulated biomaterials into the state of Hawai`i
  • Promotes an environment of research excellence


The ORC resides within the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation for the University of Hawaii System of ten campuses.

Our Vision

To become the foremost system of academic institutions for advancing research integrity through demonstration, research, and education

Our Mission

To enrich and protect researchers and the research enterprise at the University of Hawai`i through education in, and assurance of, responsible research practices.

Fulfilling this mission will enhance the stature of the University of Hawai`i as a top-tier system of institutions better enabled to recruit and retain exceptional faculty, students, and staff, and to attract major funding from both public and private sectors.

Our Motto

Enhancing the climate of research excellence at the University of Hawai`i

Our Values

  • Integrity/honesty/trust
  • Excellence/ Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Professionalism
  • Scholarship
  • Education and communication
  • Streamlining (reducing burden, use of technologies)
  • Service (efficiency, responsiveness, scholarship)
  • Safekeeping/Guardianship/Protections/Assurances
  • Objectivity
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity/innovation

Program Areas

ORC oversees research with human participants, animal subjects, and biomaterials; educates researchers about the responsible conduct of research; and provides animal husbandry and veterinary services. Our program areas include:

Animal Welfare & Biosafety Programs:

Animal Welfare

  • Protects the care and welfare of animals used in research.
  • Oversees, through the Office of the System Veterinarian, the health, well-being, and clinical care of most vertebrate animals used in research, testing, and teaching system-wide.
  • Administers the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which reviews, approves, and monitors laboratory and field research protocols and instructional activities involving vertebrate animals to help ensure they are used and cared for ethically and humanely.


  • Protects personnel, environment, and public from exposure to infectious agents.
  • Administers the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), which reviews, approves, and monitors researcher adherence to research and teaching protocols that involve potentially infectious agents and recombinant materials.
  • Helps protect personnel, the environment, and the public from exposure to biological agents (including select agents and toxins), microorganisms, and recombinant genetic materials.

Animal & Veterinary Services Programs:

System Veterinary Services

  • Protects the health and care of laboratory and other vertebrate animals used in research, teaching, and service.

Animal Resource Center (ARC) Services

  • Operates two vivaria for which the program procures, houses, and cares for research animals on a fee-for-service basis.

Human Studies Program 

  • Protects the health, welfare, rights, and dignity of people who participate in research.
  • Administers the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that evaluate, approve, and monitor new and continuing research protocols involving human research participants.

Research Integrity Program

  • Addresses allegations of research and scholarly misconduct.
  • Protects integrity of research conducted by members of the UH community and/or utilizing UH/State of Hawai‘i resources.

Additional Directives

In addition to the above-defined program areas, ORC has three overarching directives in the following areas:


  • Fosters a culture of research integrity
  • Enhances research quality and assurance through educational programs that develop professional skills of researchers and their better understanding of the regulations under which they must work.

Information Technology

  • Applies the latest digital technologies and database approaches to speed the research protocol approval process and lessen the administrative compliance burden on researchers.
  • Provides electronic researcher orientation materials, online research compliance resources, educational webinars, and research analytics to support research effort.
  • Communicates electronically via “Good Researcher” monthly newsletter, ORC calendar, and ORC Annual Report.

Administrative Services

  • Compliance policy making and developing standard operating procedures
  • Oversees all resources (personnel and budget) of the ORC
  • Provides programmatic leadership & operational management