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Saint Martin’s University Institutional Review Board

IRB background

Saint Martin’s University recognizes, and affirms, the need for academic freedom in the conduct of research, and the value of well-designed, responsible activities, which involve human subjects. At the same time, the University recognizes, and accepts, its responsibility to assure the protection of any human subjects so involved. The use of human subjects in research or investigational activities imposes both ethical and legal responsibilities upon the institution, the project director, and the investigator(s), for assuring that the rights and welfare of those subjects are adequately protected. Saint Martin’s University thus requires that the project director, the investigator(s) and the institution utilize these policies, and their associated procedures, to monitor activities to insure that such protection occurs.

These university policies, with their associated guidelines, forms, and procedures, have been prepared to help project directors and investigators meet individual and institutional obligations with respect to human subjects. They have been developed in accordance with Federal requirements (45 CFR 46, and 21 CFR 56), policies of Saint Martin’s University, ethical codes of the various professional organizations, and the ethical principles embodied in a respect for the rights and well-being of persons who may be subjects of research. These basic ethical principles include: respect for persons (acknowledging autonomy and protecting those with diminished autonomy); beneficence (doing no harm, or maximizing possible benefits while minimizing possible harms); and justice (sharing equitably the burdens and benefits in the population).

Current law places the burden of liability for negligence and harm directly on the researcher and the institution. These guidelines are formulated to help protect the University, the researcher, and in the case of students, the faculty advisor, from liability through imposition of minimum standards for research and developed procedures for careful review of projects. Failure to follow these guidelines may cause individuals to incur personal liability for negligence and harm. Failure to follow these guidelines may also cause the University to lose federal funding, prevent individuals from applying for or receiving federal research funds, and prevent the University from engaging in research which falls under Federal Food and Drug Administration rules. In addition, failure to follow these guidelines will be viewed by the University as violation of university policies and procedures, which will result in appropriate administrative action.