What is Human Subjects Research

For a project or study to be considered Human Subjects Research, it must meet two criteria:

  1. It must meet the definition of research, which is a systematic investigation, including research development, testing, and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
  2. It must include human subjects, which are living people about whom an investigator conducting research either a) obtains information or biospecimens through intervention or interaction with the individual and uses, studies, or analyzes the information or biospecimens; or b) obtains, uses, studies, analyzes, or generates identifiable private information or biospecimens.Please note that “interactions” do not have to be in-person to qualify as being interactions. Emails, online surveys, and interviews over telephone or videoconferencing software, all qualify as “interactions” for this definition of a human subject

Projects that meet these two criteria are considered human subjects research (HSR) and must be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). HSR projects may not begin until they have been reviewed and approved by the IRB.

IRB Meetings

Committee meetings are conducted both on location at 107 MLKG and via Zoom simultaneously and can be attended either way.

Here is a complete list of Research Integrity and Compliance events.

Reporting Concerns

Anyone having concerns about the safety, health or welfare of participants in human subjects research should contact the Director of Research Integrity and Compliance, the IRB Coordinator, or any member of the IRB. Confidentiality requests will be honored to the extent permitted by state and federal law, and by university policy.

Contact IRB Program Staff

Bob Beitle Jr

Bob Beitle Jr

Director, Research Integrity and Compliance

106 MLKG



Iroshi (Ro) Windwalker

Iroshi (Ro) Windwalker

IRB Coordinator

105 MLKG