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Institutional Review Board
Park University complies with all Federal regulations (e.g., 45 CFR 46) with respect to the ethical treatment and protection of human and animal research participants. Park University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees the ethical conduct of research at Park University. Park University is registered with the U.S. Federal Government’s Office of Human Research Protections (IORG Identifier IORG0003602).
For purposes of IRB approval, research can be divided into three categories:
If your research is approved, then you must submit a progress report annually (each year one month before the anniversary of the original IRB approval Research Progress Report pdf).
Exempt: EXEMPT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IRB REVIEW IS NOT REQUIRED. All research projects involving human subjects need to be reviewed to assure adherence to the ethical standards required by federal and University regulations. Park University Policy requires review of all levels of research that involves human subject, even projects that meet the federal definition of "exempt".
"Research" means a "systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge". If you intend to publish your results, then you must complete the IRB Application Form.
"Human subject" means "a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information.
No "vulnerable populations" may be used in exempt research (e.g., vulnerable participants include children, mentally ill individuals, retarded individuals, persons who have been declared mentally incompetent by the courts, persons for whom another individual or legal entity holds power of attorney, criminals, pregnant women, terminally ill individuals, abuse victims, parolees, etc.)
Exempt research includes:
Expedited Research involving IRB approval. IRB approval can be granted by the joint evaluation of the Human Participants (email@example.com) and Animal Subjects subcommittee (firstname.lastname@example.org) chairs; expedited research does not need to be reviewed by the entire IRB. Please allow at least two weeks for a decision on expedited reviews. Expedited reviews will not be considered during the last month of the regular Fall or Spring semesters of the Park University Home Day Campus Program, or during the summer. Expedited research includes:
Note: If your research requires that you record identifying information (e.g., names, Social Security Numbers, etc.), then you will need to have each participant sign a "coded agreement" in order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of participants Forms.
Full Board requires both departmental and full IRB approval. Full board reviews require the review and majority approval of the entire IRB. Full board research includes:
Required Training: If your research falls into the "Expedited" or "Full Board" categories (see above), then the investigator(s) are required to complete the following training modules before submitting anything to the IRB, and are required to submit a copy of their program completion certificate with their application. The training modules can be accessed at the following internet address: Investigator Education Program
IRB Application Submission and Review Process