The Forman Christian College University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing human and animal subjects research. FCCU is committed to protect the rights, welfare, and privacy of individuals participating as subjects in research.
The FCCU- IRB is guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report, federal regulations (e.g. DHHS regulations 45 CFR Part 46), state or local laws, and College policies. In accordance with these principles, the IRB strives to create a culture of respect for, and awareness of, the rights and welfare of research participants.
Fulfilling our obligation to uphold the ethical principles and regulations is critical for several reasons:
- Compliance with the procedures outlined by the regulations provides research subjects protection from harm that might result from their participation in research.
- Compliance with these procedures improves the overall quality of the research conducted at FCCU.
- Acknowledgment of the issues inherent to human subject’s research and compliance with the regulations guiding human subjects research will allow faculty and student to continue to conduct research on meaningful and culturally relevant topics.
- Many of the concepts outlined in the codes of conduct and ethical principles for research are equivalent to the core values of FCCU,including intellectual inquiry, social responsibility, civic engagement, and cultural awareness. Therefore, the protection of human subjects is a necessary mean to uphold those values.