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Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board protects the rights of humans in research and maintains confidentiality of data. History has demonstrated the need for appropriate oversight which resulted in the regulations we have today.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will provide assistance with research applications that involve human participants for both students and faculty.

Activities that may require Institutional Review Board review and approval include:

  • Human participant surveys
  • Collecting or using data about humans
  • Use of human tissues/specimens
  • Activities involving interaction or intervention with human participants
  • Data about identifiable living persons when the data is not publicly available
  • Data or samples that can be linked to an identifiable living person 
 ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION

IRB Chair Teri Rust has extended office hours to consult with students and faculty. Professor Rust will provide student help sessions to facilitate the application process.  Pending the instructor's invitation, Professor Rust will visit classes and discuss the role of the IRB, and provide tips for completing a successful IRB application.