Research with Human Subjects
About This Policy
- Effective Date:
- Date of Last Review/Update:
- Responsible University Office:
- VP for Research
- Responsible University Administrator:
- Vice President for Research
- Policy Contact:
John Baumann, PhD
Associate VP Research Compliance
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It is the policy of Indiana University that all research involving human subjects shall be subject to review or granted exemption by an appropriate Indiana University Institutional Review Board or designee prior to project initiation and without respect to funding or the source of funding.
Reason for Policy
To foster the practice of research that meets the highest ethical standards and adheres to all applicable laws, principles, best practices and policies related to research with human subjects.
For purposes of this policy:
- Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research:
- Obtains information or biospecimens through intervention or interaction with the individual, and uses, studies, or analyzes the information or biospecimens; or
- Obtains, uses, studies, analyzes, or generates identifiable private information or identifiable biospecimens.
- Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.
University faculty, staff, and students that are found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to sanctions relating to their participation in research with human subjects.