Research at Salisbury University
The IRB Committee
has scheduled their meetings for the following
If you have a protocol that requires full committee approval, please
submit your application accordingly.
Application & Docs
- Application for Research Involving
- Reviewer's Form
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Acknowledging and accepting its responsibility to protect the
rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research
at this institution, Salisbury University hereby constitutes a
Committee on Human Research which will function as follows:
- Members shall be appointed by the SU Provost in
accordance with the regulations of the Department of Health
and Human Services.
- There shall be no less than ten and no more than fifteen
members constituting the Committee.
- Membership shall include:
- at least one representative from each School
- persons actively involved
- at least one member with expertise in ethical issues
- at least one
- persons of each sex
- The Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected by the
Committee each year.
- Members shall be appointed to a three-year renewable
Purposes and Functions
- The protection of human subjects in any and all research
done at Salisbury University. This includes but is not
- safeguarding of the research subject, particularly
with respect to any undue
harm or unnecessary risks
- insuring that the subject is fully informed about
the nature, purposes, risks,
etc. of the research
- the protection of the subject’s privacy under
the recognized canons of
- The education of the university community, particularly
its researchers, as to the responsibilities and duties of
those involved engaging in sound, ethical research.
- The review and approval of all research involving human
subjects done under the auspices of the university or by
individual members of the university community or by
researchers not directly involved with the university who
nonetheless propose to use university personnel including
Faculty, Staff, Students or University facilities in their
- The Committee shall have the authority to forestall,
suspend or terminate any research that is not proposed or
conducted in accordance with its guidelines.
- The Committee shall follow the procedures outlined in
the regulations (CFR 45) of the Department of Health and
- The Committee shall have regularly scheduled meetings,
- The Committee may, if it so wishes, respond to questions
and give further information.
- The Chair or Chair’s designee will review
applications for exempt or expedited review and present them
in summary fashion to the Committee. Where there is a
question about whether the proposal qualifies as exempt or
expedited, the full Committee shall decide the issue by
- On non-expedited reviews, the majority of the members
present voting in favor is necessary to gain approval for
the proposal. At least one member not from the scientific
community must be present.
- A majority of the membership must be present to vote on
a research proposal that does not qualify for an expedited
- The Committee’s decision shall be reported promptly to
the researcher. If modifications are suggested or the
proposal is rejected, the Chair will provide reasons for
- The Committee reserves the right to make further
inquiries and conduct a follow-up investigation of any
- The Committee shall issue an annual report of its
business to the Academic Provost.
The following criteria are central to the committee’s
-Are the researchers qualified and is the research
methodology adequate and the
purposes of the study appropriate to the field of
investigation? (The more risk
involved, the more stringent this requirement holds.)
-Are the risks, if any, minimized and do the benefits of the
study outweigh any
- Protection of Subjects:
-Are the rights, dignity and welfare of subjects adequately
- Informed Consent:
-Are the subjects informed of the nature of the research by
-Where deception is used, what methods are employed to
insure subjects’ protection from
risks of research?
-Is consent voluntary without any undue manipulation and
when subjects are
legally unable to give consent, is consent procured from
-Is the right to withdraw at any time clearly communicated
to the subject?
- Privacy and Confidentiality:
-Are the subjects’ privacy protected and confidentiality