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Office of Institutional Compliance

The UMass Lowell Office of Institutional Compliance (OIC) ensures that the university is compliant with federal, state, and local laws and regulations pertaining to research activities.

This website includes guidance for researchers on: the use of vertebrate animals, the use of human subjects, the use of biohazardous materials, conflicts of interest, outside activity disclosures, responsible conduct in research, radiation safety, and export control compliance requirements. Training information, policies and procedures, forms, and other information are provided under each topical area. Please contact OIC staff at any time for help or more information.


The UMass Office of the General Counsel has developed additional guidance (pdf) regarding disclosures related to foreign influence on research.

Principal Investigators, Project Directors, and Key Personnel on NIH and NSF projects should pay particular attention to the referenced notices issued by those agencies on July 10, 2019 (NIH) and July 11, 2019 (NSF), which provide clarification about required disclosures and participation in foreign government talent recruitment programs. The University strongly recommends that researchers seeking sponsorship from other federal agencies also disclose such information.

A list of internal contacts is available to provide guidance on federally-mandated disclosures and other compliance issues.

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Complete your ethics and compliance training online at After you go to the webpage, select our organization (University of Massachusetts Lowell) and agree to the terms of service.  Create your own user name and password or log in if you are already a registered user.  Go to the drop down menu that displays the courses available and add the module(s) you need to your learner group (profile).  When the course is completed, OIC will automatically receive a copy of your completion certificate.  For more information about each topic, see below.