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Institutional Review Board Approval

IUP is dedicated to the protection of the rights, welfare, and privacy of human subjects who participate in research projects conducted by students and faculty and staff members.

Research is defined by the federal regulations as “a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge,” and human subjects are defined by the regulations as “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.” (See the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects.)

Research projects that involve human subjects must be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects before the commencement of any research activities. The Undergraduate Scholars Forum will only allow presentations involving human subjects if the researchers have first received IRB approval.

For help related to IRB review and approval of research projects, student researchers are encouraged to review the IRB website, send questions by e-mail to, contact the IRB office at (724) 357-7730, and/or work with their faculty research advisors to prepare an IRB protocol for review.