Widener University is firmly committed to adhering to basic ethical principles underlying the acceptable conduct of research involving human subjects. The purpose of the Widener University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to review proposed human subjects research in order to ensure that the rights and privacy of human subjects are protected and that the risk of harm is minimized. The IRB acts as an advocate for the research subject.
The primary purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to inform and protect human subjects that participate in research. Therefore, the primary goal of the IRB is to develop and implement policies and guidelines governing research conducted by faculty, students, and staff of Widener University or by outside agencies and researchers using university facilities or resources. All policies and guidelines developed will be in agreement with federal regulations regarding human research.
To this end, the IRB provides guidance to investigators regarding how to best protect the rights of human participants through the construction of research protocols and informed consent documents that meet federal and local requirements for human research. The IRB provides guidelines that will assist researchers in developing research protocols that are ethically protective of study participants.
The IRB reviews proposals for research involving human participants conducted by Widener faculty, students, and staff or outside agencies and researchers using Widener facilities or resources. For more information about the review process, please click on the IRB Application Procedure and IRB Review Process links.