4.3 Human Subjects
- 4.3.1 Human Subjects Guidelines
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of North Georgia is responsible for reviewing and approving all research involving human participants, including faculty and staff projects, theses, and all student projects. The main function of IRB is to protect human subjects and ensure, to the best of its ability, that all research with human participants is conducted in accordance with certain ethical principles.
- 4.3.2 Institutional Review Board
It is the purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of North Georgia to assess the ethical aspects of human subjects research proposed by its students, faculty, and staff. More specifically, the IRB ensures that the benefits of the research outweigh the risks to the participants in that research, that the participants are in no way deceived during the research process, and that participants indicate their informed consent to such research by signing (and/or having a parent or legal guardian sign) a suitable consent form.
Composition of the Committee:
The IRB is composed of members representing each of the academic colleges at the University of North Georgia. These core positions are held by individuals who are "actively involved" in human subjects research. A member's active involvement is defined as having published in at least one refereed journal and/or having given two conference presentations based on human subjects research in the five years immediately preceding his or her membership on the IRB. Recommendations for membership are submitted to the associate provost for administrative services for approval.
Each school shall be represented by 3 members, each rotating terms for 3 years with staggering membership (adding one new member each year with another member rolling off to increase membership opportunities and well-rounded representation).
At least one additional member must be from a discipline not typically involved in human subjects research (e.g. fine arts, literature, mathematics, physics, etc.). At least one member of the board must be from the local community, preferably in a public position (e.g. pastor, city council member, etc.). These members as well as additional members may be appointed by the IRB Chair.
IRB Committee Chair:
The IRB chair must have served at least three years as a core member. The leadership of the IRB committee shall consist of a chair-elect, chair, and past-chair. The faculty member shall serve in each position for one year for a total of 3 years in a leadership position. Qualified members interested in serving in a leadership position shall contact the associate provost for administrative services who will then appoint the chair-elect.
Chair-Elect shall serve for a period of one year in order to prepare to take over as the chair.
The chair shall serve for a period of one year. The chair shall review all applications for exempt, expedited, and full-committee status, maintain all files and archival of applications and all other administrative duties as required. The chair shall be the contact for all research studies involving human subjects and serves as a consultant to faculty and administrators.
The past-chair shall serve for a period of one year and serve as a consultant to the chair and chair-Elect. The past-chair shall maintain OHRP registration in addition to Federal wide Assurance (FWA) and other memberships that are necessary for faculty to develop research agendas.