Ohio Wesleyan University is responsible for ensuring that research activities conducted under its auspices do not violate the rights and welfare of human subjects. These protections are derived from the ethical principles articulated in the Belmont Report (National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research). The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the body charged with ensuring the protection of human subjects in research conducted at the University or by an employee or student of the University. The IRB policy is designed to conform with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Final Common Rule (45 CRF §_.101-124; effective January 19, 2018) and Subparts B – E of the Common Rule (45 CRF §46.201-505; effective July 14, 2009).

Investigators must obtain IRB approval prior to the commencement of all human subject research (i.e., before announcing the research to prospective participants, recruiting participants, or collecting information from participants). The IRB shall review and have authority to approve, require modifications (in order to secure approval), or disapprove all research that involves human subjects. No one other than the IRB can approve human subject research.


Feedback and Suggestions

The IRB values the opinions of its stakeholders and will be receptive to ideas that improve the efficiency of the IRB process as long as participants' rights and protections are upheld.