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Morehead State University Standing and Advisory Committee Descriptions 


Termination Date:  Advisory Committee mandated by the National Research Act, last revision March 2007. 

Purpose:  The IRB is charged with the responsibility of safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects of research according to federal regulations, University policies and procedures, and ethical principles that underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects. 

Membership:  The committee shall consist of at least five voting members with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted by the institution, and the Director, Research Integrity and Compliance as the non-voting representative from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  "The IRB shall not consist entirely of men or entirely of women, or entirely of members of one profession," (Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR 46, 1983) and shall not include two persons from the same research department.  The membership shall have "at least one member whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas, . . . and at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the institution and who is not a part of the immediate family of a person who is affiliated with the institution" (Protection of Human Subjects, 45 CFR 46, 1983).  The scientific members shall be qualified by training and experience in human subjects research.  All members shall receive in-service IRB member training upon appointment.  All members of this committee shall be appointed by the President.  Term of service shall be three years with staggered terms so that a majority of the members are retained each year. 

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • To require all human subjects researchers to submit an application and receive approval for human subjects use prior to initiation of such human subjects use.
  • To review research protocols involving human subjects to safeguard the rights and welfare of people who may be subject to risk as a result of research activities. 
  • To approve or require modifications in (to secure approval) or disapprove all research activities covered by the National Research Act (PL 93-348) and Protection of Human Subjects Regulation 45 CFR 46. 
  • To update the IRB Handbook and conduct IRB workshops as appropriate. 

Officers:  Chair is appointed by the Institutional Official.  Vice Chair is selected by the committee from the membership.  Secretarial support to be provided by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. 

Frequency of Meetings:  Monthly meetings as required or more frequently if necessary during the academic year.  The chair may call a meeting during other times of the year at the request of an IRB member, the Institutional Official, or the Director, Research Integrity and Compliance.  

Reporting Channels:  Advisory to the Associate Provost for Research and Sponsored Programs (Institutional Official). 

Open Session Minutes Copied to:  Camden-Carroll Library Archives.  (Published minutes meet federal guidelines on confidentiality.)  Closed session minutes retained in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and are confidential. 

Support Services:  Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.





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