All research involving the use of human research subjects (participants) must be reviewed and approved by the Samford University Institutional Review Board before the research can be initiated.
Samford University is committed to the ethical treatment of all human participants in research conducted by faculty, staff and students. The Samford University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for reviewing all research involving human participants done under the auspices of the university to ensure that human participants are treated in a just and ethical manner.
Samford University complies with the regulations of the:
Samford University is required to report to the Office for Human Research Protections any violations, including: research conducted without prior IRB approval, research conducted without informed consent, more than minor change in research protocol without IRB notification and approval, or any unanticipated adverse outcomes. If you are aware of any violations of IRB regulations, please contact the IRB chair (IRB@samford.edu) and the provost’s office.
The board shall have at least 10 members, including at least one faculty member from each academic Division, at least one member with an advanced degree in a health-related profession, and at least one community member who is not affiliated with Samford University and has no immediate family member affiliated with Samford University. At least one of the IRB members must be a non-scientist who represents the interests of those who have no experience in science or research.
Drew HatawayIRB Chairrahatawa@samford.edu205-726-4190