IRB Policy

The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects serves as the review board in accordance with the requirements for the protection of human subjects as set forth by the regulations created by Congress (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46). The committee is composed of faculty, administrators, and persons not affiliated with the University. It reports to the Administrative Council.


The use of human subjects in any experimental environment, whether it be research (internally or externally funded) or other scholarly activities such as surveys, questionnaires, and classroom experiences, must be reviewed, and the use of human subjects as set forth in the proposed activity plan must be approved by the committee.


Refer to the Approval Guidelines or contact the Office of Research (Derryberry Hall, Room 306; extension 3374) for procedures in seeking approval.  General IRB procedures, sometimes referred to as 'The Magnificent 7', may be found here .  Additionally, we have provided the following link to decision charts from the U.S. HHS / OHRP to guide human subjects research here.