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Institutional Review Board

Policy on human subjects research

It is the policy of North Carolina A&T State University that all research involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), as required by Title 45, Part 46, of the Code of Federal Regulations, before commencement of the project in order to protect the rights of human subjects participating in biomedical, behavioral or other research.

To address these concerns, the University has developed procedures for the continuing review of all research activities involving the use of human subjects and has established an Internal Review Board (IRB) to conduct the required review. These procedures are codified in the University's Federalwide Assurance of Compliance with Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS) Regulations for the Protection of Human Research Subjects.

This policy applies to all research involving human subjects and all other activities that, in whole or in part, involve human subjects if the research:

  • Is sponsored by N.C. A&T State University; or
  • Is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of this University in connection with his or her University responsibilities; or
  • Is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of this University using any property or facilities of this University; or
  • Involves the use of this University's non-public information to identify or contact human research subjects or prospective subjects.

In reviewing research applications, the IRB will assure: 

  • That no human subject is exposed to an unreasonable risk to health, welfare, or privacy;
  • That the rights of human subjects are adequately protected;
  • That participation of human subjects is based upon legally effective informed consent which is freely given; and
  • That the potential benefits to the subject and society so outweigh the risk to the subject that the decision to allow the subject to accept the risk is warranted.

IRB Manual: Standard Operating Procedures for Human Subjects Research

Click here for the full IRB manual.

Protocol Review and Education Program

A percentage of protocols are randomly selected each year for not-for-cause review. 

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Research clearance for graduating master's and doctoral candidates

The Graduate School requires that students applying for graduation be cleared through the Office of Research Compliance and Ethics to ensure the University’s compliance with applicable laws governing research.

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