What is an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?

It is the responsibility of all investigators to ensure the respect and welfare of every research participant. The Institutional Review Board's purpose is to review proposed research studies to safeguard the rights, safety, and welfare of people involved in research activities conducted at or sponsored by the University of St. Thomas. The IRB assures compliance with governing federal regulations put forth by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The University is officially registered in a Federalwide Assurance, through which the University assures that its activities related to human subjects research, regardless of the sources of support, will be approved by the IRB. The IRB is guided by both federal regulations and the basic principles set forth in the Belmont Report: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.

As a Catholic institution, the mission of the University of St. Thomas obligates members of the college community "to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good." Therefore, the University community must strive to ensure the respect and welfare of every research participant.