Alabama's Public Liberal Arts University

Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects

 

Introduction


All research involving human or animal subjects conducted by either faculty or students under the direction of a faculty advisor, must receive approval from HASRC prior to any data collection. The University of Montevallo requires that studies identified as exempt based on Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 46 must still be reviewed by HASRC prior to designating them exempt, but full committee review is not required. Research conducted on campus by individuals affiliated with other institutions, must be reviewed and approved by HASRC. Assistance in the selection of the appropriate application process is located in the Procedures section.


These regulations do not relate to those activities within the classroom which are utilized as demonstrations and/or for learning purposes. Ethical guidelines must still be followed in all demonstrations and activities, even if there is no intent to conduct research. Please review the APA guidelines for more information. Should the professor decide at a later date to utilize the aggregate data collected during such a demonstration for research purposes, it will then be necessary for the professor to obtain IRB approval prior to use of the data.


Beginning in the spring semester of 2010, all student and faculty researchers must participate in research ethics training before they are eligible to submit protocols for review. Because approved protocols are required prior to collecting data, all researchers must pass the research ethics test before they can submit protocols or collect data.

Purpose

The Institutional Review Board for the University of Montevallo is the Human and Animal Subjects Research Committee (HASRC). It has been established in compliance with Federal Regulations and guidelines concerning experimentation involving animal and human subjects (45 C.F.R. Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects). The purpose of HASRC is to provide review of all research conducted by faculty, staff, and students to insure protection of both animal and human subjects, and compliance with the federal regulations.

Scope


All research conducted by either faculty or students under the direction of a faculty adviser, and involving human or animal subjects must receive approval from the HASRC. When conducting cooperative research which involves more than one institution, each institution is responsible for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects and for complying with this policy. When a member of the University of Montevallo faculty is involved in cooperative research, that faculty member is responsible for obtaining approval through HASRC. Any research involving vulnerable populations (fetuses, pregnant women, or prisoners) may require additional approvals. Thus, all researchers are referred to the OPRR Reports Protection of Human Subjects Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 for additional information.

Overview & Membership


HASRC has a relatively stable membership so that members who develop expertise in research ethics and review can continue to improve their knowledge and understanding of the complexities of conducting and reviewing studies. Membership consists of one person from the community with expertise in ethical issues and representation from each school which conducts research involving human subjects, specifically:

 

Human and Animal Subjects Research Committee

2011-2012

 

Committee Member Term Position
Jenifer Moore 2010-2013 COE & Chair
John Burling 2009-2012 CAS
Mike Hardig 2009-2012 CAS
Jill Wicknick 2011-2014 CAS
Mary Beth Armstrong 2011-2014 CAS
Sherry Ford 2011-2014 CFA
"Buddy" Freeman 2010-2013 Community Rep.
Michelle Johnston 2009-2012 V.P. for Administrative Affairs
Tracy Payne 2009-2012 Director of McNair Scholars Program
Cynthia Tidwell 2011-2014 Co-Director of Undergraduate Research, ex-officio (non-voting)
Ruth Truss 2011-2014 Co-Director of Undergraduate Research, ex-officio (non-voting)
Chris Hightower 2011-2012 Student