Human Subjects

All research involving human subjects, whether or not it is supported by external funding, must be reviewed and approved by the Armstrong State University Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRB approval is required by the Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46. The Armstrong State University Faculty Handbook, Article III Section A.2. refers to the institutional policy, which appears below in section 3.2.a.

Regulations, Article 3, SECTION A.2. Protection of Human Subjects

Persons conducting research involving human subjects have an ethical as well as professional obligation to ensure the safety, protection and rights of participants. It is the intent of Armstrong State University through its Institutional Review Board (IRB) to assist those engaged in human subject research to conduct their research along ethical guidelines reflecting professional as well as community standards. Armstrong State University recognizes its duty and obligation to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects of research regardless of the source of funding. The university has an obligation to ensure that all research involving human subjects meets regulations established by the United States Codes of Federal Regulations(CFR). Procedures and the internal policy regarding the IRB are contained in the Grants and Contracts Manual for Research and Sponsored Programs.

IRB membership consists of ten persons including one member who is not otherwise affiliated with Armstrong State University, and one member from a discipline not normally associated with research involving human subjects. Membership must constitute a mix of both men and women. Members shall be appointed by the vice president and dean of faculty. The chair will be the assistant vice president of Academic Affairs. Other members shall be the associate/assistant deans of liberal arts, science and technology, education, and health professions, and the director of Sponsored Programs. The IRB may invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of complex issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB.

These invited individuals may not vote with the IRB.

Note that compliance with 45 CFR 46 and the requirements of the IRB is the responsibility of the project director. More information and IRB forms