Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects Research (IRB)

Salisbury University’s Institutional Review Board on Human Subjects Research (IRB) provides guidance to faculty, staff, and students conducting research with human participants. SU’s IRB independently reviews and assesses proposed research to ensure the safety and welfare of human subject participants. The IRB also works collaboratively with researchers to ensure that federal and state regulations are being followed.

SU’s IRB operates under the key principles of the Belmont Report…

  • Respect for Persons is the first principle which mandates that subjects voluntarily consent to participate in research, that they are adequately and thoroughly informed about the research and what is required, and that their privacy and confidentiality are protected.
  • Beneficence is the second principle which mandates the risks of research are justified by potential benefits to the individual or society and that those risks are minimized.
  • Justice is the third and final principle which mandates the equitable distribution of risks and benefits among those who may benefit from the research, meaning that one subset of a population should not take on all the burden of risk and reap all of the rewards; risks and rewards should be applicable and available to all subsets of a community.

SU’s IRB Mission Statement

Federal Code Protection of Human Subjects

Common Rule Statement