The Institutional Review Board is a committee of University faculty, community members, and the IRB chair dedicated to reviewing research involving human participants to protect the welfare and rights of participants in UST research studies. In keeping with its mission as a Catholic university, the University of St. Thomas is committed to maintaining an Institutional Review Board responsible for assessing physical, emotional, psychological, social, and economic risk to maintain the safety, dignity, rights, and privacy of all human participants in research.
In order to protect human participants involved in research, the University operates its human subject protections programs under a Federalwide Assurance (FWA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The FWA represents a fundamental commitment to the protection of human participants regardless of research location or its sources of funding. In addition, the FWA applies to all human subjects research that is conducted at the University or using University resources regardless of who is conducting the research. All studies that meet the federal definition for human subjects research conducted in connection with the University must obtain IRB approval prior to any contact with research participants.