IUP is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Members of the university community, while upholding the highest standards of freedom of inquiry and communication, accept the responsibility this freedom entails: for competence, for objectivity, for consideration of the best interests of the university and society, and for the welfare of every participant in a project. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects is primarily concerned with the welfare and consideration of the best interests of all subjects participating in research, the university, and society.
The university gives assurance that it will comply with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations for the Protection of Human Research Subjects (45 CFR 46, as amended). Thus, the following principles are affirmed and should be interpreted in the broad context provided by the code of medical and general ethics promulgated by the World Medical Association as the Declaration of Helsinki and by the Ethical Principles in the Conduct of Research with Human Participants of the American Psychological Association. Copies of all documents, including IUP's Assurance of Compliance with HHS Regulations, are on file in the office of the assistant dean for Research.