Michigan State University

Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA)


The Office of Regulatory Affairs' (ORA) mission is to: promote the responsible conduct of research; assure compliance with federal, state, and university regulations and policies on research; serve as a campus resource for research ethics education materials and training; protect the rights and welfare of research subjects; protect public health and safety; assure the objectivity and integrity of research.


Service Areas

  • Research Data Planning & Design

Target Clientele

  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Non-MSU research affiliates who are working with MSU investigators on MSU projects. IRB and other oversight committee members, the public, employees, and animals that may be affected by regulatory compliance.


Web Address



Office of Regulatory Affairs
Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, #204
East Lansing, MI 48824

Kristen Burt
Interim Director, Human Research Protection Program (HRPP)
(517) 884-6020

Description of Research Data Support Services

Research Data Planning & Design

  • Research Design: 
    • Staff will provide guidance on ensuring research meets regulatory and MSU policies.
    • Staff will occasionally inquire about data collection and management to ensure human subjects protections are adequate (e.g. HIPAA, FERPA compliant). Researchers are encouraged to seek alternate data collection techniques or statistical models to minimize the number of animals and/or eliminate animal discomfort during research or teaching.