Research with Human Subjects

Effective August 31, 2009
It is the policy of Union Institute & University that all planned research with human subjects be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). This policy applies to students at all degree levels, faculty, and staff who plan studies involving human interaction.

The IRB is an institution-wide committee responsible for reviewing and approving (or denying) research projects involving interaction with human subjects through interviews, surveys, and questionnaires, including studies conducted online. The purpose of the IRB is to assure that all such research projects are conducted in accordance within ethical and procedural guidelines established by the IRB. These guidelines apply to studies conducted as part of a course, seminar, internship, thesis, culminating project, or dissertation.

Program level academic approval and human subject research training are prerequisites for IRB approval. Guidelines for conducting research with human subjects, requirements for submitting an IRB application and research proposal, and directions for preparing related study documents are available through the following links: