Although many activities conducted by faculty, students, and staff may be labeled as research, the IRB reviews only those projects meeting all three criteria established by Federal regulations:
Source: Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Public Welfare, Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, Office for Protection from Research Risks, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects (hereafter, 45 CFR 46).
Activities meeting these criteria constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether they are conducted or supported under a program considered research for other purposes (e.g., some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.
The SU IRB's primary goal is to create a favorable climate for the conduct of scientific inquiry involving human subjects while also protecting the rights, well‑being, and personal privacy of individuals, as well as the interests of Seattle University. The IRB works not only to comply with Federal regulation but also to follow and foster best practices and policies with human subjects research.
The IRB seeks to ensure all human subjects are treated with respect, beneficence, and justice while participating in research conducted by Seattle University affiliates. To accomplish this mission, the IRB will:
To assist the IRB in achieving these goals, all individuals conducting human subjects research must adhere to the policies outlined throughout this site. These policies will be reviewed at least every five years and updated as necessary to keep up with best practices in the field.