Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and monitoring human subjects research. 

The IRB reviews and approves all research involving human subjects conducted at Salem State prior to beginning the research. This includes research conducted on or off campus by Salem State faculty, administration, staff or students, as well as others not affiliated with the university who wish to conduct research at the university. This applies whether the research is federally funded or not.

Do I need IRB Review? If your research meets one of the following criteria, it needs IRB Review:

  1. Designed to generate generalizable knowledge;
  2. Puts participants at risk greater than the minimal risks of everyday life;
  3. Involves special populations including minors under 18 years of age;
  4. Will be disseminated in written form or public presentations, including in-class presentations

Faculty are encouraged to contact the IRB Administrator to determine the kind of review, if any, that may be needed for course-related projects with human beings.

  • Human subjects are "living individual(s) about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information" [Federal Regulation 45CFR.102(f)]
  • Research is defined by federal regulations as a "systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.  Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes." [Federal Regulation 45CFR.102(d)]

Oversight ensures that the ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects in research, as outlined in the Belmont Report and 45 CFR 46 of the Code of Regulations, is adhered to. We encourage you to take advantage of training materials on this website and to contact the IRB if you have any questions.


  • Got a Question? Tel: 978.542.7556 Tel: 978.542.7177

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