As a matter of University policy, all research projects involving human participants must be submitted to the Human Subjects Office for review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Human participation is involved any time data are collected on individuals for research purposes. This policy applies to all research whether funded or not, whether conducted by faculty, staff, students or visitors, both on and off campus. Projects involving minimal risk to human participants can usually be approved expeditiously, but it is recommended that the application forms and all the supporting documents be submitted well in advance, allowing at least 4-6 weeks for processing. Failure to obtain IRB approval for research with human subjects is a violation of University policy and federal regulations.
The detailed guidelines and the necessary application forms are available on the OVPR website and questions regarding these may be directed to the Human Subjects Office at (706) 542-3199 or IRB@uga.edu. The Human Subjects Office is located at 612 Boyd Graduate Studies Research Center.