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Reporting Research Compliance Concerns

Do you have research administration or compliance concerns?

  • Contact the Office for Research Integrity (ORI) at or call (312) 503-0054
    and we will assist you or direct you to the appropriate unit or individual for assistance, OR
  • Contact your supervisor, department chair or dean
  • Report concerns online, or call Ethics Point at (866) 294-3545. Ethics Point is a third-party vendor that will allow you to report concerns anonymously.

For Specific Areas of Research Compliance, Contact:

The Office for Research Integrity can also be contacted for any of the above listed issues.


Northwestern policy prohibits the taking of retaliatory action against anyone for reporting or inquiring about potential breaches of University policy or for seeking guidance on how to handle suspected breaches. The identity of confidential sources will be protected to the extent consistent with the needs of an inquiry or investigation. Those individuals who provide information in good faith about questionable conduct will be protected against reprisals.

Northwestern also has specific whistleblower protections to comply with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) awards.