COVID -19 information for UAF Researchers 

The ORI and the University are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, as it changes daily. We understand that you may have questions or concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on your research.

The IRB, IACUC and IBC committees will operate per normal schedule and continue to monitor activity, process amendments/modifications and progress reports. To maintain active research, you must submit progress reports timely. Do not allow your protocol to expire. If your research is halted due to COVID-19, please submit a modification request in IRBNet. There is no automatic extension of research protocols.

IRB: Studies involving in-person contact with human subjects should adhere to the State of Alaska mandate and University procedures. Studies involving no personal interactions with research participants, such as telephone interviews, web-based surveys, research on stored specimens, etc., should proceed.

IACUC: Studies requiring field research should follow the travel-related restrictions set by the University. If you are unable to travel and conduct your field research and need an extension, please be sure to submit your modification request in IRBNet. Studies requiring lab research should follow the University guidelines requiring social distancing and contact the ARC with any questions regarding animal husbandry.

Please refer to the UA FAQ page regarding research for more information.

Contact ORI at 474-7800 or if you have any questions. 

Welcome to the Office of Research Integrity

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) promotes integrity in research and teaching while ensuring a safe and productive work environment. The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) facilitates the responsible conduct of research through educational, preventive, and service activities. Organizationally, ORI is located in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. UAF Policies pertaining to the conduct of research may be accessed below.

Ensuring the integrity of the research record is one of the central goals of responsible conduct in research training.  Researchers in all fields rely on others to limit or acknowledge bias and to accurately report their findings.  Although the burden for ensuring the integrity of the research record lies predominantly with the researchers themselves, everyone involved in the research process whether they are collaborators, students, technicians, administrators, or volunteers has a role to play in supporting the responsible conduct of research. 

UAF has three research compliance committees who review and monitor research and teaching activities in specific areas.   The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is responsible for oversight of all university activities involving live vertebrates.  The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees all research projects in which living people are the subject of the research (research participants).  The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) reviews and approves the use of recombinant DNA, genetically modified organisms, and infectious agents.  In addition, the ORI reviews and, if appropriate, conducts investigations of allegations of research misconduct made against UAF researchers.

Applicable UAF research policies

Please also review our PI Resource Guide (PDF) for a brief overview on a multitude of compliance issues that may apply to your work; from allowable costs to biohazards, export controls to human subject research, and lab safety to research misconduct.

Reporting Concerns

If you have concerns regarding the conduct of research in the following areas, please visit the appropriate link to report your concerns:

Contact Us

  • Location:  Suite 212 of the West Ridge Research Building.  Please stop by and visit us any time!
  • E-mail:
  • Phone:  907-474-7800
  • Mail:  Office of Research Integrity, University of Alaska Fairbanks, PO Box 757270,  Fairbanks, AK 99775-7270


  • The fall RCR workshop was held September 7, 2019 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm in IARC 501. Please check back in January 2020 for information on the spring workshop.
  • The 2019 edition of the International Compilation of Human Research Standards has been released and is now available on-line. The Compilation features listings of over 1,000 laws, regulations, and guidelines on human subject protections in 131 countries, as well as standards issued by a number of international and regional organizations. To learn more, visit: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website
  • The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule) has undergone substantial revisions. These changes will affect multiple aspects of the IRB review process. The IRB and the Office of Research Integrity are in the process of revising the affected IRB forms and templates, and these will be posted on the IRB website and in the IRBNet protocol submission system on the Common Rule implementation date of January 21, 2019.  You can read more about these changes here on the: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office for Human Research Protections.
  • Nanook Recreation is offering courses on Field Safety to researchers. Topics include avalanche safety, bear safety, firearms safety, and many more! Please visit their web site for more information.
  • The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. has recently launched a web site of resources on conducting research in the Arctic. These resources, recommendations, and best practices come from a variety of sources and cover a wide variety of topics, and aim to help researchers build good communication and cooperation with northern communities.