Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) encourages and supports the scholarly endeavors of students, faculty, and staff of the University. Pursuit of scholarly work and research will often involve the use of human subjects for data collection and analysis. LRU's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research proposals to ensure:
that the rights, welfare, and privacy of human subjects used in research studies under the auspices of the University are protected;
that risks have been considered and minimized;
that the potential for benefit has been identified and maximized;
that all human subjects only volunteer to participate in research after being provided with legally effective informed consent; and
that any research is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with established standards.
Those individuals seeking to conduct such research may not solicit subject participation or begin data collection until they have obtained approval from the LRU IRB.
The IRB has responsibility to oversee procedures for carrying out the University's commitment to protect human subjects in research conducted by faculty, staff, and students, as well as research conducted by outside investigators using Lenoir-Rhyne students, personnel, or facilities. The role of the IRB is to review proposed research projects that involve the use of human subjects; ensure that the individuals involved in the project are treated ethically; ensure that all subjects are provided with substantial information about the study and consent to be a subject in the study; and that all private information will be handled with confidentiality. The IRB is authorized to review, approve, require modifications in, or disapprove research activities conducted by or through the University using human subjects.
The IRB does not assume the role of evaluating the soundness of the proposed research study, the merits of the research design, nor the potential contribution of the research to the scholarly literature. Rather, the IRB is charged with evaluating each project's compliance with ethical standards in regard to issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, and any risk to the participants.
The procedures for review described in the links on this Web page adhere to the regulations of the Department of Health and Human Services (45 CFR 46, as amended and published in the Federal Register on June 18, 1991), and to the Single Project Assurances filed with the HHS by the University. In addition, the IRB has consulted Protecting Human Subjects: Institutional Review Guidebook (1993), prepared by the Office for Protection from Research Risks of the National Institutes of Health; and has adopted sections from the policies of Bryn Mawr College and Sinclair Community College, all of which are based on the same federal standards.
This Policy and Procedures for Reviewing Research Involving Human Subjects establishes and empowers the LRU IRB. Currently, LRU has one committee, registered with the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) as an Institutional Review Board.
Please use the links to the left of the page to locate more information about IRB policies and procedures, researcher responsibilities, and required forms.