• Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    The Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects of Samford University has been established in compliance with Federal Regulations concerning experimentation involving human subjects (45 C.F.R. Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects). The purpose of this board is to provide review of all research conducted by faculty, staff, and students to insure protection of human subjects and compliance with the federal regulations.

    Procedures

    The Institutional Review Board procedures have been steamlined. Use the IRB Forms listed on this page to submit a complete IRB application and supporting documents to the appropriate representative listed below. You should receive a response about 30 days from the time you submit your application.

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    Representatives

    Arts & Sciences Grant Gentry, Sandra Willis, or Drew Hataway
    Business Jeremy Thornton
    Divinity Carl Beckwith
    Education Les Ennis, Peggy Connell, or Mark Bateman
    Law Jill Evans
    Nursing Gretchen McDaniel or Erin Killingsworth
    Health Professions John Petrella
    Pharmacy Danielle Cruthirds, Greg Gorman, or Rachel Slaton

    Your research may also be subject to review by the Samford Survey Review Committee (SRC) if it involves surveys conducted with Samford students, employees or alumni.

  • Purpose, Scope, Definitions+

    Purpose

    The Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects of Samford University has been established in compliance with Federal Regulations concerning experimentation involving human subjects (45 C.F.R. Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects). The purpose of this board is to provide review of all research conducted by faculty, staff, and students to insure protection of human subjects and compliance with the federal regulations.

    Scope

    All research conducted by either faculty or students under the direction of a faculty adviser, and involving human subjects must receive approval from the Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects (IRB). When conducting cooperative research which involves more than one institution, each institution is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects and for complying with this policy. When a member of the Samford University faculty is involved in cooperative research, that faculty member is responsible for obtaining approval through the Samford University IRB. Any research involving vulnerable populations (fetuses, pregnant women, or prisoners) may require additional approvals. Thus, all researchers are referred to the OPRR Reports Protection of Human Subjects Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 for additional information.

    Definitions

    The term human subject refers to "a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information" (45 CFR 46 Section 46.102).

    Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge (45 CFR 46 Section 46.102). Activities which meet this definition constitute 'research' for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes.

    IRB approval means the determination of the IRB that the research has been reviewed and may be conducted at an institution within the constraints set forth by the IRB.

    Minimal risk means that the probability and magnitude of harm or discomfort anticipated in the research are not greater in and of themselves than those ordinarily encountered in daily life or during the performance of routine physical or psychological examinations or tests.

    Children are persons who have not attained the legal age for consent to treatments or procedures involved in the research, under the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted.

    Assent means a child's affirmative agreement to participate in research. Mere failure to object should not, absent affirmative agreement, be construed as assent.

    Permission means the agreement of parent(s) or guardian to the participation of their child or ward in research.

    Parent means a child's biological or adoptive parent.

    Guardian means an individual who is authorized under applicable State or local law to consent on behalf of a child to general medical care.

  • Training+

    IRB Members Training

    All Samford University IRB members are required to complete an IRB training session. Registration is required, but is at no-charge. Each member is to print a certificate upon completion of the training and send it to the SU IRB Chair within two months of being appointed to the committee. A new certificate is not needed each year from each committee member. All IRB members must be re-certified every three years. Certificate safe keeping is the responsibility of the Chair; the certificates will be provided to the newly elected Chair upon completion of the previous Chair's term.

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    Researcher Training

    Primary researchers (which includes students) and student project supervisors are required to submit a training certificate or certificate number along with the submission of an IRB application. Registration is required, but at no-charge.

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  • Overview & Membership+

    The Institutional Review Board of Human Subjects is one of four special committees appointed by the provost for a three-year staggered term. Membership consists of one person from the community with expertise in medical and/or scientific ethical issues and representation from each school which conducts research involving human subjects, specifically:

    • Arts and Sciences (3)
    • Business (1)
    • Divinity (1)
    • Education (3)
    • Law (1)
    • Provost (ex officio)
    • Nursing (2)
    • Pharmacy (3)
    • Outside Representative (1)

    TOTAL: 15 Voting