All students and faculty are required to submit their proposed research project to the University of Mary Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews all research involving students, faculty, equipment, and space at the University of Mary. The primary mission of the IRB is to protect the rights and well-being of human research participants (subjects) who are exposed to potential risks intrinsic to the research process. Students are advised to submit their project for IRB review shortly after the research proposal has been approved by the Physical Therapy Department, or no later than June 1.
The proposal is made of three parts:
Directions for completion of each part are found within the Cover Sheet and the Human Subjects Review forms.
The consent form must be written in a clear and concise language so an average person who has little experience in science or scientific terminology may understand.
Informed consent must be obtained under circumstances in which the subject (or legally authorized representation) has sufficient opportunity to consider whether or not to participate and that minimizes the possibility of subject coercion or undue influence. No informed consent, whether verbal or written, may include an exculpatory language through which the subject or their legally authorized representative is made to waiver, or appear to waive. The subjects' legal rights include any release of the university or its agents from liability for negligence.
An inadequately or improperly prepared consent form may delay approval of a protocol.
In seeking informed consent, the following information shall be provided to potential subjects:
If appropriate, the following content may also be provided on the Informed Consent Form:
The Instructional Review Board may approve an informed consent procedure that alters some or all of the elements of informed consent provided the Board finds and documents all of the following: