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.