Welcome to the UNG Institutional Review Board (IRB)
All scholarship and research that involves humans, whether funded or unfunded, must be approved by the institutional review board (IRB) prior to the start of a new project or the continuation of an ongoing project (e.g. this includes the recruiting of subjects and collecting data). The IRB is a federally mandated committee that provides ethical oversight for all research involving human subjects.
The IRB at the University of North Georgia is composed of UNG faculty members, representing both scientific and non-scientific fields from all campuses, and includes a member of the community. Like other IRBs, it 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.
The three primary concerns of the IRB are:
- whether legally informed consent is obtained from research participants
- whether the benefits of the research outweigh the risks to the participant and
- whether or not the participants are being deceived
For more information please visit the IRB application process page.
The UNG IRB website has been partially modeled after the IRB website of Georgia Southern University. A special thanks to Eleanor Haynes for allowing us to use their information (i.e. web content, IRB forms, etc.).