I would like to take a moment to introduce myself and give some updates to our office.

In the midst of the upheaval surrounding the COVID-19 impacts to campus, I joined the Office of Research Compliance as the new Director, replacing Tracy Arwood, on April 1.

I served as the Director of Research Protections at Appalachian State University, a mid- sized public Masters’ comprehensive institution in Boone, NC. Research Protections encompassed the IRB, IACUC, IBC, Export Controls, Conflicts of Interest, RCR and Intellectual Property. I previously worked in the private sector serving in various compliance and process improvement roles for two major IT companies in North Carolina. I am excited to bring my experience to Clemson and I look forward to working with all of you to facilitate your research endeavors with integrity, consistency and respect.

I would like to remind you that while research compliance may not be your top focus right now, we are still here and ready to help in any way we can. That said, please stay in touch—and communicate to us any questions or changes you have regarding your research during the pandemic, especially if you have made adjustments to existing protocols or plan to apply for federal or private funding specific to COVID research. We want to ensure that compliance reviews are timely and complete if you are on an accelerated timeline for funding. Even if your research is not funded, any changes that affect compliance oversight needs to be brought to our attention.

Finally, Research Compliance will be undergoing another transition in the coming months as we move our applications for IBC, IRB and IACUC to electronic submissions in InfoEd. We will provide updates in the next few weeks of our anticipated timeline, but our plan is to begin with IBC, followed by IRB and IACUC, once things resume an appearance of “normal.”

Thank you for all you have done this semester to adjust to these unprecedented circumstances. I hope to meet you in person soon!



Robin Tyndall