Institutional Review Board

Dedicated to the Protection of Human Subjects


The University of Dubuque (UD) Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a faculty committee responsible for protecting human subjects of research, in which those persons are the subject of inquiry (e.g., their beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, social arrangements, physical characteristics or conditions, etc.). This includes research conducted on UD faculty, staff, and students, as well as research conducted by UD faculty, staff, and students on human subjects from or outside of UD. 

The IRB's policies adhere to the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46 Protection of Human Subjects (Title 45 CFR, Part 46).

Under those regulations, key requirements for approval include:

  • IRB approval is sought and received before any human subjects are recruited and any data collection takes place;
  • Risks to subjects are minimized and are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits;
  • There are adequate provisions for the safety of subjects, with special protections for vulnerable subjects;
  • If applicable, there are appropriate procedures for obtaining and documenting voluntary informed consent;
  • There are adequate provisions to protect the privacy of subjects and to maintain the confidentiality of data.

If you are considering a project involving the collection of data from or about human subjects, please follow this checklist:

  1. Watch the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services video on the role of IRB committees. 
  2. Read the Frequently Asked Questions about research projects involving human subjects.
  3. Review the UD IRB Application, Document Templates, and Sample Items, then email irb@dbq.edu with any questions.
  4. Complete your Application and submit via email to irb@dbq.edu.

 

NOTE: IRB Committee meeting dates for Fall 2019 will occur before the 15th of each month, with specific dates to be determined and posted once new committee members have been determined.


CONTACT THE IRB: irb@dbq.edu