OVU Institutional Review Board
The purpose of the Ohio Valley University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure the ethical treatment and protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities. The IRB ensures that physical, psychological, and social risks to research subjects are minimized, and that the risks associated with the research are commensurate with the importance of the research and/or the knowledge to be gained.
All faculty and staff (both full-time and part-time) using human subjects or identifiable information about human subjects to conduct research are REQUIRED to have approval from the IRB before research is initiated. This policy also applies to students whose research is conducted under the advisement of a faculty/staff member (whether the research is a part of a course or an independent study); unless the faculty/staff member as already recieved IRB approval for the research being conducted.
Off-Campus Researchers Requesting to Conduct Research on Campus:
Outside researchers do not have to get OVU IRB approval to request participation of faculty/staff/students in electronic forms of research (surveys, questionnaires, etc.) as long as the investigator has IRB approval from a supervising entity. If the investigator does not have IRB approval from a supervising entity, then the investigator must submit a research proposal to the OVU IRB.
Release of faculty, staff, and/or student email addresses is an administrative decision. Outside researchers must get approval from an administrative officer before asking OVU faculty/staff/students to participate in the study.
- If a researcher is asking to come on campus and meet with faculty/staff/students in face-to-face interviews or the research is more involved than a survey, then the OVU IRB must grant approval before research may be conducted.