Union Institute and University

Institutional Review Board

FederalWide Assurance: FWA00012669
Expiration Date: January 17, 2019

About the IRB

Union Institute & University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is located in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, along with the Office of Institutional Research and Academic Assessment. The IRB reviews all research involving human subjects conducted under university auspices, including, but not necessarily limited to, research conducted by Union Institute & University students and by university employees (faculty and staff). Union Institute & University will not approve or support research involving human subjects that does not meet IRB guidelines and has not received approval from Union Institute & University’s IRB. Unless otherwise noted, “IRB” refers to the full IRB.

Union Institute & University requires the use of ethical principles and acceptable conduct in research involving human subjects. The IRB’s policies and procedures are guided by the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 CFR Part 46, “Protection of Human Subjects” (Revised June 23, 2005), of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) or any other successor office, and The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research.

All proposed Union Institute & University sponsored research projects involving interactions with human subjects are required to meet the criteria established by the IRB. Researchers are required to secure IRB approval for their studies involving human subjects. Researchers conducting human subjects research studies are also required to take a human subjects research educational training course. Additionally, faculty advisors of students engaged in research involving human subjects are required to successfully complete a human subjects research training course within the last three years. See Research Educational Training.

Effective December 31, 2014, Union Institute & University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is changing the required human subjects research educational course that all UI&U researchers planning to conduct human subjects research projects are required to complete. After December 31, 2014, researchers—students, faculty, and staff—will no longer have access to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Course).

The IRB is developing a human subjects research training course that will be available through CampusWeb in early 2015. In the interim, students and faculty, who have not previously completed the CITI course, will need to complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) online “Protecting Human Subject Research Participants” course as a prerequisite to submitting an IRB application and research proposal for human subjects research projects. NIH course is available and free . New users need to register for the NIH course and MUST PRINT their completion reports. The NIH will NOT send completion reports to researchers or to Union’s IRB.

Researchers who have successfully completed the CITI course are not required to also complete the NIH course or Union’s IRB human subjects training course. Successful completion of one human subjects research training course within the last three years is sufficient.

Contact irb@myunion.edu with any questions or comments.

All human subjects research projects eligible for exemption from IRB review must be submitted to the IRB for review and approval as exempt studies. Researchers must submit an Exempt IRB Application. Any studies determined by the IRB not to be eligible for exemption must be submitted for expedited or full IRB review as described in Chapters 6 and 7 of the IRB Handbook. A summary of the proposed study that includes descriptions of the data sources and data collection method(s) must also be submitted to the IRB with the Exempt IRB Application.

Researchers conducting entirely theoretical or creative research projects are required to submit an IRB Notification for Theoretical-Creative Research Projects form and a summary of the proposed research that includes descriptions of the data sources and data collection method(s) to the IRB for review and approval. Completing the CITI Course is not required for Theoretical-Creative research studies.

All research studies conducted for internships, dissertations, independent studies, theses, research methods course class projects, or other class projects that are considered as exempt studies MUST BE cleared by the IRB. Official approval letters or e-mail messages will be issued for exempt studies involving human subjects. E-mail notification of acceptability will be sent to students conducting theoretical or creative research studies.

IRB policies are applicable to all UI&U students, regardless of the degree program, degree level, or entry date. Any research study involving interactions with human subjects that was initiated (data collection began) on or after November 1, 2003, must have been approved by the IRB. Studies conducted without IRB approval may not be accepted by the university as meeting institutional and program requirements for the degree.