The IRB is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants for all research activities conducted by, or under supervision of, its faculty, staff, and students regardless of the funding and the location of the project. Research is defined as an organized and systematic investigation to find answers to questions with the intent of broadly disseminating the results. A human subject is defined as a "living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains data through intervention or interaction with the individual or identifiable private information."
A researcher must submit an application to the IRB for review and approval before beginning any research activity. Online training certification is required in order to conduct human subject research.Classroom activities that are solely for instructional use do not require IRB approval. If a faculty member or student wishes to present or publish information gathered from human subjects beyond the class from which it was gathered, the activity is considered to be research and must be reviewed by the IRB before data collection begins.