If participants or researchers are ACU faculty, staff or students, and the research -- whether external or internal -- involves human subjects, the project director or principal investigator (PI) must submit a Research Review Request to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). He or she must obtain approval before beginning the research. If the PI has received IRB approval from another institution with whom he or she is affiliated, the IRB application and approval should be attached to the email submission of the completed ACU Research Review Request or IRB Authorization Agreement. The Institutional Review Board page will provide further information on how to submit an application for a study and what to do once it is approved.
Research involving human participants must abide by the Federal Regulations protecting human subjects (45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR, as appropriate). It is the responsibility of the investigators to become familiar with these regulations and ensure that all studies conducted at ACU abide by these policies. It is currently highly recommended that all investigators receive training on the history and current policies of human research ethics. As of January 1, 2016, all research protocols submitted to the IRB will require this training for every member of the research team. The Protecting Human Participants page will provide further information on these regulations and training.