Union Institute and University

Research With Human Subjects

Effective July 1, 2014, as revised
The policy of Union Institute & University is that all planned research with human subjects be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before such research can commence. This policy applies to students at all degree levels as well as any faculty or staff who plan studies involving interactions with human subjects.

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


Contact the IRB office: irb@myunion.edu