Research Security Governance Board
The federal government continues to express concerns regarding the lack of appropriate security controls relating to universities’ research activities. This is leading to additional security-related regulatory requirements from federal funding agencies, as well as increased scrutiny from federal law enforcement agencies. While Ohio State values open, competitive research, in recognition of the government’s concerns and to ensure we are constantly evaluating our internal efforts, the Office of Research and the Office of University Compliance and Integrity have established the Research Security Governance Board.
This board is assessing the university’s current research security posture and will develop and implement improvement plans to physical and information security controls. It is also evaluating Ohio State’s procedures related to foreign affiliations, foreign business agreements, and global engagements and is developing an approval process for efficiently and equitably vetting international opportunities. The board has convened a number of workgroups to help in this important work. If you have an interest in participating or learning more about a workgroup, please contact a workgroup chair directly.
Please continue to check this site for progress updates on the board and its workgroups’ activities.
Research Security Governance Board members
Co-Chair, Senior Vice President for Research
Co-Chair, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Office of University Compliance and Integrity
Senior Vice President for Advancement
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Creative Inquiry
Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning
Vice President and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs
Vice Dean for Research, College of Medicine
Director, Department of Public Safety
Vice President, Economic and Corporate Engagement Office
Director, Internal Audit
Senior Director, Employee and Labor Relations, Office of Human Resources
Vice President for Government Affairs
If you are interested in participating in a workgroup please reach out to the chair for more information.
The Administration and Oversight will conduct a baseline assessment of additional security measures (both physical and information) that Ohio State has agreed to with sponsors. This group will also define a process for future review and approvals for any non-standard requirements.
The Communications workgroup is charged with developing content to inform Ohio State’s research stakeholders about the work of the board and its workgroups.
Chair: Scott Osborne
Vice President of Economic and Corporate Engagement
The Information Security workgroup will document the current state of information security management for highest risk research, identify gaps in compliance requirements, and create recommendations for improvements. Areas of focus are: standards and processes; technology strategies for restricted research services; governance and oversight processes; security training and awareness; and research data inventories.
Chair: Helen Patton
Associate Vice President, OCIO Security Operations
The International Engagements and Business Partnerships workgroup is charged with identifying varying international agreement types; identifying inconsistencies in international agreement notification and approval processes; and recommending consistent processes to overcome the identified inconsistencies. This group will also ensure continuity with the Office of Advancement relating to international gifts to the university.
Chair: Chris Svec
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Engagement Office
The International Travel workgroup is charged with establishing processes to ensure that individuals traveling to certain locations or that may have sensitive research receive travel briefings including physical and informational security, and are knowledgeable about how to secure information.
Chair: Dru Simmons
International Risk Manager, Business and Finance
The Physical Security workgroup is charged with defining a baseline for all research sites, including sensitive research sites requiring a range of additional security measures.
Chair: Mark Conselyea
Associate Vice President for Facilities Operations and Development
The Regulatory and Legislative Affairs workgroup is charged with reviewing new and pending legislation and regulations related to research security and provides feedback to the RSGB on the potential impact to Ohio State’s research activities.
Co-Chair: Stacy Rastauskas
Vice President for Government Affairs
Co-Chair: Emily Schriver
Senior Associate General Counsel
The Visitors to Campus workgroup is charged with establishing a uniform process for internal notification, processing and approval for visiting scholars, high-level international visitors or delegations, including foreign governmental representatives. This group will work to identify the controls necessary to ensure appropriate security protocols are in place.
Chair: Maureen Miller
Director of Communications, Office of International Affairs