Institutional Review Board

At Butler University, responsibility for overseeing the policies and procedures for the protection of human subjects in research resides with the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. Relevant functions and responsibilities include the development of an institutional policy, establishment of procedures to ensure protection for human subjects in research, continuing education of personnel with respect to the policy, modification of the policy to maintain its conformity with laws and regulations, and provisions of appropriate administrative support and legal assistance for the IRB. Management of compliance and maintenance of records also occurs under the aegis of the Office of the Provost, within the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

The IRB is the institutional body that governs the procedures to be used in research with humans, including protocol approvals as well as suspensions and terminations. The board ensures compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations and the Federal wide Assurance, a declaration of compliance for the protection of human subjects in research. Butler IRB members are appointed by the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs for three-year staggered terms.