Institute for Research & Scholarship

Institutional Review Board

"The ultimate responsibility for the ethical conduct of science resides within the institution which conducts scientific research and with the individual scientist. Research institutions should ensure that rigorous scientific standards are upheld by each of their faculty, staff, and students and should extend these standards to all reports, publications, and databases produced by the institution."
- American Medical Association (1997) Code of Medical Ethics

The Butler University Institutional Review Board (IRB) protects the interests of human subjects involved in research projects conducted by faculty, staff, and students affiliated with Butler University.

In the case of student research, it is the responsibility of the faculty advisor to inform students of the policies and procedures for obtaining proper approval. Such approval is required prior to the commencement of any contact with human subjects.

Butler University IRB complies with the definition of a Human Subject as stated by The Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Office for Protection from Research Risks. That definition is:

"Human subject means a living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains; (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information."
- 45 CFR 46.102 (f)

Any research involving human participants that is conducted by faculty, staff, or students at Butler University must be submitted for review to the IRB. Similarly, any research conducted on the property of Butler University, regardless of the affiliation of the researcher, must be submitted for review. Review and approval by an IRB at another institution does not constitute an exemption from review by the Butler University IRB.