On behalf of Elon University, the Institutional Review Board's (IRB) major role is to safeguard the rights and welfare of all human subjects who participate in research projects conducted by Elon. In compliance with Federal law and institutional policy, all research projects involving human subjects or human material must be reviewed and approved by the IRB. All biomedical, social and behavioral research projects conducted by the faculty, the staff and students of the University are subject to the Policies and Procedures of the Institutional Review Board.
Note: Starting August 1, 2011 all IRB submissions must be made through our new electronic management system, IRB Mentor.
The scope of the Institutional Review Board's (IRB) charge is broad. Generally, any research that uses humans, human tissue, surveys or interviews of human subjects, or human subjects' records requires IRB review, regardless of its funding source. The IRB's charge extends to research in the social and behavioral sciences as well as research in the health and biological sciences.
IRB review and approval is required for any research involving human subjects that: is conducted by University faculty, staff, students; is performed on the premises of the University (even if conducted by persons not affiliated with Elon); is performed with or involves the use of facilities or equipment belonging to the University (even if conducted by persons not affiliated with Elon); or involves University, students, staff, or faculty (even if conducted off-campus).
Starting June 1, 2010 all IRB applicants must complete CITI human research subjects' training and submit a certificate of completion along with their IRB application to the IRB Chair. See the CITI website for more information.