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 Human Subjects Research

The University of the South is committed to maintaining the highest ethical principles in the conduct of research with human subjects. The University of the South's Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects the rights of human subjects participating in research conducted by Sewanee faculty, staff, students and affiliates and reduces the risk exposure of the researcher and the University. 

The Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The University of the South IRB is comprised of faculty, staff and unaffiliated community members from differing disciplines with expertise based on the college research portfolio.  The IRB independently reviews and approves all human participant research conducted or supported by the faculty, students, staff, or other representatives of Sewanee.

Research that meets the definition of human subjects research must be reviewed and approved by the IRB before the project begins (including recruitment).

Human subject research involves the collection of data from or about living human beings.  Any scholarly discipline may involve human subject research. Anthropological and psychological studies often involve human subjects; biological studies sometimes involve human subjects.  Increasingly, research in the humanities, politics, and economics includes human subjects.  Checking with the University of the South IRB is the best way to preserve the rights of research subjects and know that your research complies with the federal government’s Office for Human Research Protections guidelines.

Email regarding any questions, concerns, complains, or suggestions about human subjects research at the University of the South.