Institutional Review Board
As a part of its educational and professional development practices, Stetson University encourages a variety of types of research by faculty, staff and students. Moreover, Stetson University is committed to certain ethical principles for the protection of human participants in research. Stetson University's ethical principles guiding research involving human participants derive from the following sources:
- The Belmont Report written in 1979 by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research.
- The Common Rule developed by various federal agencies under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services and published in 1991.
- The Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM), Human Subjects Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay and Ambiguity for Investigators, published in the July 25, 2011 Federal Register.
The material in these federal laws, guidelines, and reports emphasizes three basic ethical principles:
- Respect for persons, which includes the requirement of a voluntary informed consent process
- Beneficence, which entails an obligation to protect persons from harm by minimizing risks and maximizing benefits
- Justice, which requires that selection of research participants be fair and equitable. Particular care is to be exercised when working with participants who are considered vulnerable populations.
Stetson University has established and maintains the Institutional Review Board for Human Participants, often referred to as the IRB or as the IRBHP, to carry out the policy related to research on human participants. The members of the IRB are appointed so as to ensure a diversity in its membership of gender, expertise and university unit membership. The IRB reports to the provost.
The committee's membership for the 2014-2015 academic year include:
- A&S - 17 - Kathy Piechura-Couture, Chair
- A&S - 15 - Page Thanasiu
- A&S - 15 - Matt Schrager
- CoL - 17 - Terri Radwan
- SoBA - 16 - Scott Jones
- Non-Stetson - Aidan B. Ferguson
Before You Start
Please consider the following issues prior to starting your research. Doing so will enhance your IRBHP experience and might even indicate you do not need to work with the IRB.
- Read the IRB policies, forms and frequently asked questions. A thorough reading will inform you as to the type of action you will request of the IRB (exemption, expedited review, full review), the kinds of information you will need to complete forms, which form(s) you will need to submit, and how much time you need to plan for in terms of IRB reviews.
- As you read through the materials keep in mind the IRB reviewers seek to balance the well-being of the participants (respect, beneficence and justice) with the potential significance of you research results.