Responsible Research

Little Cottonwood Canyon Seismic SurveyIt is important that research is conducted in a safe and ethical manner, respectful of research subjects (human and animal). UVU has implemented policies and guidelines to help researchers carry out their projects in a safe and ethical way.

If your research involves human subjects it must be reviewed and previously approved by Utah Valley University´s Institutional Review Board (IRB). As stated on their website, the IRB is a committee whose role is “to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities” by evaluating “the risks and benefits associated with a particular study, so that they can decide if the study is ethically and legally sound”. Depending on the nature of your research, your project may undergo one of the following review processes: Exempt Review, Expedited Review, or Full Board Review. Your research mentor will develop the research plan that needs to be presented to the IRB. All researchers involved in the project must complete the CITI online training in in “The Protection of Human Subjects in Research”. More information can be found on IRB website.