Procedures for Noncompliance
Investigators are admonished to remember that the university policy entrusts the investigator with the primary responsibility for protection of individual subjects. It is the individual investigator's responsibility to be in compliance with this policy. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the only body authorized to take action when a researcher is in noncompliance. Noncompliance includes:
- failure to submit applicable research involving human subjects for review and approval to the Institutional Review Board (IRB);
- failure to conduct research according to the approved protocol as it relates to the protection of human subjects;
- failure to immediately notify the Institutional Review Board (IRB) when research activity results in an unexpected adverse impact on the subjects.
Allegations of noncompliance (either written or oral) should be directed to the chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Institutional Review Board (IRB) will investigate allegations of noncompliance, maintaining confidentiality in all matters. Only voting members will participate in the investigation. In the event that allegations are substantiated, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) will terminate approval of the research and recommend to the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies that the research be terminated. These decisions will be communicated to the researcher and the appropriate funding agency, if appropriate, by the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. A decision to terminate research may be appealed to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) within 15 days of notification.