Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants

Purpose & Function:

The purpose of the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants (IRB) is the safeguarding of the rights and welfare of individuals participating in research. The Board reviews and has authority to approve, require modifications in (to secure approval), disapprove, and monitor all research involving human participants conducted at Marywood University or elsewhere under Marywood University sponsorship. The Board may establish policies that allow research posing minimal risk to subjects to be exempt from full review and may delegate some reviews to the department, school, or college level.

The Board is a decision-making group to approve applications for research involving human participants based on established policies and federal regulations. It serves as the liaison between the University and federal agencies regarding the protection of human participants.


Membership & Selection:

Members represent the interests of the University and the community. There are at least seven members with various backgrounds and fields of expertise, including, at least

  • one physician, physician’s assistant or medical professional
  • one representative from outside the University who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution
  • one representative from each college
  • one member at large
  • one prisoner or prisoner representative
  • Director of Research and Sponsored Programs, ex officio

The non-voting Director of Human Participants Protection and Research Compliance staffs the committee.

The Provost appoints members, with a view to ensuring cultural, professional and academic diversity. Membership is contingent on year-round availability. When the Board reviews research that involves a vulnerable category, such as children, prisoners, pregnant women, or persons with mental disabilities, consideration is given to the inclusion of one or more individuals who are experienced or knowledgeable about working with these participants.

The Provost appoints the Chair.

Term:

An appointed member’s term is three years, with possibility of reappointment for one additional term.  In order to ensure the availability of a physician, physician’s assistant, medical professional, prisoner or prisoner representative to the IRB, the terms of the physician, physician’s assistant or medical professional member and the prisoner or prisoner representative member is not limited to two three-year terms.

Meetings:

The Board meets once a month in formal session.  In exceptional cases, business may be conducted via telephone conference call.  Times of monthly meetings are announced on the Institutional Review Board’s website.

Reports To:

Provost

History:

11/20/87 - Committee on Human Subjects approved by the President as recommended by College Committee on Policy.
01/12/93 - Board established by the President as recommended by College Committee on Policy.
11/08/02 - Revision approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
04/21/02 - Terminology changed from "human subjects" to "human participants."
05/06/08 - Title change to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
05/06/08 - Title change to Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for Research and Community Collaboration.
05/04/10 - Revision approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
02/18/11 - Title change to Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs.
07/01/11 - Title change to Vice President for Academic Affairs.
09/04/12 - Membership revision approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs to include physician or physician's assistant.
10/12/16 - The revision to the Description to better align with the Federal regulatory language was approved by the President of the University as recommended by the Policy Committee of the University.