Function of IRB
The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (the IRB) is the body charged with overseeing all research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of Ursinus College by its faculty, students, or staff. It also reviews research conducted by outside investigators using Ursinus College students, personnel, or facilities.
Research is broadly defined as "a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, or investigation designed to test a hypothesis". (45 CFR 46.102d) This applies to all research involving human subjects, regardless of its funding source. Social science, behavioral, historic, linguistic and marketing research studies involving human subjects must be reviewed by and receive approval from, the IRB. Review must take place prior to the time the research begins.
Regina Oboler, Chair, 610-409-3048
Lynne Brault, Administrative Coordinator, 610-409-3790
The Mission of the Ursinus College Institutional Review Board is to Protect the Rights, Welfare and Privacy of all persons who participate as subjects in Research Projects conducted under its auspices. To accomplish our mission, we strive to:
- Enforce the three fundamental ethical principles for all human subject research – respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.
- Safeguard the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who participate as subjects in research projects conducted under Ursinus College’s auspices.
- Ensure that the subjects of such research are aware of their rights and the protections available to them.
- Ensure that no group of participants is either consistently selected to participate in research, or consistently deprived of the opportunity to do so.
- Assure the federal government that safeguards are being provided and enforced.