SCSU requires all faculty/staff and some student research activities involving human subjects--whether or not they are supported by federal funds--to comply with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects. According to this policy, research activities that intervene in people's lives, observe human beings, or use data about human beings must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board to ensure that:

  • risks to subjects will be minimized and reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits
  • informed consent will be obtained from subjects and appropriately documented
  • the privacy and safety of subjects will be maintained

SCSU faculty and staff must submit an application to the IRB and receive written approval before they may begin recruiting human subjects.