The University's policy on the use of human subjects in research conforms to a variety of federal and state laws and regulations designed to assure that the rights of participants are fully protected. The policy serves both to protect subjects' rights and to assure that the researchers are appropriately protected from situations that might arise in which real or perceived harm is caused to participants. The latter is particularly important to individual researchers since they can be held personally liable both civilly and criminally, for "damages" resulting from research that is not consistent with University policy.
Copies of the policy and procedures are available below as well as in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects, Bridgewater State University, Maxwell Library, Room 200. You are urged to review the policy if you or your students are doing any research (including questionnaires). All research involving the use of human subjects must be submitted for review. Final determination of status (exempt, expedited, or subject to full review) is made by the Chair and/or the Board. Any questions regarding the Institutional Review Board should be directed to the IRB Chair at (508) 531-1242 or email: IRB@bridgew.edu
Proposals requiring full review must be submitted to the Institutional Review Board (in care of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects, Maxwell Library, Room 200) at least one week before each regular meeting of the Board. The researcher will be notified of the Institutional Review Board's decision.
Proposals requiring expedited review or which are exempt must first be reviewed by the Chairman of the Institutional Review Board. A synopsis of these processes is available below as well as in the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects.
Your research will likely NOT be deemed exempt by the IRB if any of the following applies to your research:
If you are doing research on or off campus, you, as researcher, are responsible for ensuring that all federal guidelines are adhered to for the protection of the University, respondents, and the researcher.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with the protection of human subjects in research done on campus or by members of the Bridgewater State University community. The Board's composition consists of faculty from all three schools plus one member external to the University.
Last Modified: January 4, 2013