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Human Subjects Research Policy

Human Subjects Research Policy

Authority: 
Academic and Student Affairs
Date enacted or revised: 
August 29, 2005; Revised February 2016


Protection of Human Subjects

McNeese State University adheres to the 1991 Federal Policies for the Protection of Human Subjects (called the "common rule") adopted by the Federal government and set forth in 45 CFR 46 (rev. March 1983) and as revised August 1991 (Final Common Rule. Federal Register, June 18, 1991). These guidelines apply to "all research involving human subjects" except research that meets the criteria for being "exempt" (see below).


Institutional Review Board Approval

The McNeese State University Institutional Review Board (MSU IRB) functions to assure that research involving human subjects is carried out in an ethical manner. To this end, the principles and applications discussed in The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979) are applied to guide researchers in formulating informed consent, assessing risks and benefits, and selecting subjects. The principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice will prevail in IRB review of research involving human subjects.  Documents for requesting IRD review are available from the Research Office or from the chair of the IRB.
All individuals conducting research that involves human subjects are expected to have their research proposal reviewed by the McNeese State University Institutional Review Board (IRB).   Certain surveys conducted for the purpose of gathering data from the student or employee population must have prior approval by the IRB.  The IRB Chair assists with information regarding surveys.


Educational Program Available

Researchers involved in human subjects research must complete an approved human subjects protection education program. The educational program created for the National Institute of Health's institutional investigators is such an approved program. It is logistically easy to take this computer-based training course (on NIH's web site), requires only 1-1.5 hours to complete, and a certificate of completion can be directly generated on a personal computer following the conclusion of this course. A copy of this certificate constitutes adequate documentation of training in the protection of human research.


Communicated via Academic Advisory Council, Senior Staff, and the University Policy Page