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Institutional Research Board

Last Updated: 9/20/16

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Vice President for Research, Office of Research Compliance

Contact Name

Tracy Arwood

Job Title

Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance

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Brief Description

The IRB (Institutional Review Board) is a federally mandated body established under the DHHS regulations for the Protection of Human Subjects (45 CFR 46). Its purpose is to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Clemson University (CU).

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Institutional Review Board (IRB) is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects who participate in research conducted by any member of the faculty, staff, or student body, regardless of source of funding. Clemson University subscribes to the basic ethical principles that underlie the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human subjects as set forth in the Belmont Report, the statement of ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects published in 1979 by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The IRB is charged with ensuring that the rights and welfare of human subjects are protected in all research projects involving Clemson University faculty, staff, and students. The IRB has the responsibility and authority to review, approve, disapprove, or require changes in research activities involving human subjects. All research activities involving human subjects, regardless of source of funding, must be reviewed by the Clemson University Institutional Review Board. The IRB holds regular monthly meetings to review research applications/protocols involving human subjects. Clemson University’s Federal-wide Assurance is approved by the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Institutional Review Board is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections. Committee membership is structured in accordance with federal requirements and members are appointed by the President of the University. Fifty percent or more of the faculty on the committee will be tenured.

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Membership Composition

Chair is appointed by the Assistant Vice-President for Research Compliance
Seat TypeQuantityTerm LengthDate of Term InitiationSeat Filling MechanismVoting or Non-Voting
Tenured faculty At least Half 3 years Aug 15 Appointed by the University President Voting
Other members At most Half 3 years Aug 15 Appointed by the University President Voting

Membership List (Last updated March 22, 2017)

NameEmailSeat TypeDepartment and CollegeAppointment DateTerm Expires
Hugh Spitler, Chair Tenured Faculty Public Health, BSHS Aug 15, 2008 Aug 15. 2019
Mary Kurz Tenured Faculty Industrial Engineering, CECAS Aug 15, 2008 Aug 15, 2019
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