Purpose of IRB
The University of Mary is committed to ensuring that all research involving human subjects is conducted in accordance with ethical and professional standards. The primary mission of the institutional review board is to protect the public and protect research participants. However, the students' research advisors have primary responsibility for guiding research projects and selecting appropriate methodologies. Research advisors are required to review all applications prior to the student researchers submitting them to the institutional review board. The University’s Scientific Misconduct Policy can be found in the Teaching Faculty Handbook (2015), page 23.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services IRB Guidelines
The University of Mary has adopted the Guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Institutional Review Boards. The University IRB follows the HHS guidebook for IRBs in the conduct of institutional review (available at: IRB Guidebook). The University complies with the processes and procedures identified in this guidebook regarding basic IRB review, considerations of research design, biomedical and behavioral research, and special classes of participants.
Research Involving Animal Subjects
Currently, the University of Mary does not have an Animal Care and Use Board for approving animal research. The Institutional Review Board’s scope and focus is solely on the review and approval of research involving human subjects. Because the university does not have the infrastructure in place to review research involving animal subjects, research of this type will not be approved by the university. If you are a faculty member interested in exploring the development of an Animal Care and Use Board, please reach out to the Office of Academic Affairs directly to discuss.