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IRB: Student Research

Student Research

Students attending Marywood University (undergraduate, graduate and doctoral) are bound by the same procedures and policies as the faculty and staff. Research by faculty, staff, or students of Marywood University involving human participants, conducted at Marywood University or under its sponsorship at another location, must comply with applicable policies, procedures and guidelines for the protection of human subjects.

All research that can be defined as "a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge" (45 CFR 46) must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants (IRB) or submitted as an exemption request for review to the Marywood Exempt Review Committee (ERC). Research activities that are intended only to teach research methods to students may not require IRB/ERC review. Research course instructors should obtain Guidelines for Student Research Activities by contacting the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). The Director of Research Compliance assists with any questions regarding student research activities.

Because they are designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge, all thesis or dissertation projects must be reviewed by the IRB or ERC.

All student applicants must identify a faculty, staff or administrative member as sponsor/advisor for their proposed project. For dissertation or thesis committees, this person is usually the chairperson.

Students wishing to graduate in a given semester need to apply to the IRB or ERC by the end of the semester prior to the one in which they plan to graduate (i.e. by the end of the fall for a planned spring graduation) to allow ample time for initial review, submission and review of modification(s), approval, implementation and analysis.

In addition to identifying a sponsor/advisor, if a student has designed a study involving medical procedures (i.e. medical screening, medical chart determination, blood draws, echocardiography, ultrasound, etc.), s/he must obtain medical supervision. The student must describe who will be conducting such procedures and what their qualifications are to perform such procedures.


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