Welcome to the Office of Research Compliance
The University remains in Phase 3 of the University’s Plan for Phased Continuity of the Research Enterprise (PDF). All research activity requires notification, versus approval, unless it involves international travel to a category 3 country, which requires review and approval by UMaine & UMS Administration (Note: Travel to category 4 countries is not permitted at this time). More details can be found at: COVID-19 Guidance for Researchers (updated 9/13/21).
The mission of the office is to promote a culture of ethics, integrity, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies governing research. The office provides comprehensive regulatory guidance to the UMaine research community regarding specific components of research compliance — including animal care, biosafety, export control, financial conflict of interest, human subjects, responsible conduct of research, and research misconduct.
All members of the University community are responsible for familiarizing themselves, and complying with all applicable regulations and policies. Failure to do so places not only the University but also the individual community member at risk for violations which could result in substantial administrative, civil, and criminal fines and penalties, including jeopardizing the University’s ability to apply for and receive federal funding.