|The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee mandated by federal law to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities. The IRB achieves this primary function by educating researchers. The IRB assesses the risks and benefits associated with a particular study, so that they can decide if the study is ethically and legally sound.|
|Utah Valley University encourages scholarly research and activities for faculty, students and relevant staff. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) furthers the college research mission by:
|All human subjects' research must be approved by an IRB. All colleges and universities that have reasearch being conducted on their campuses have an IRB. This is mandated by federal regulations. UVU has signed federal-wide assurances stating that all human subjects' research being conducted on campus will be approved by its Itstitutional Review Board (IRB). Research being conducted without approval is breaking federal regulation/law and puts all federal funding that UVU receives (e.g. federal research grants, student federal aid) in jeopardy.
For all UVU-affiliated studies involving human subjects requiring IRB approval, it is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator (PI) to submit required documentation to the UVU IRB Administrator. UVU does not endorse research that does not follow this protocol.
The UVU IRB website will provide all the information you need to take the IRB training and submit protocols for approval. Let us know if you have questions.