• HSU Institutional Review Board (IRB)

    Welcome from the Hardin-Simmons University Institutional Review Board (IRB). We are excited that you are choosing to perform research at Hardin-Simmons University.

    If you are a new investigator, we are very pleased to assist you as we believe that quality research is an essential part of the educational process. We will attempt to make the proposal process as informative and painless as possible. Of course, if you are a seasoned investigator, our purpose is the same, to assist you in the conduct of research at Hardin-Simmons University.

    The purpose of the Hardin-Simmons University IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who volunteer to participate as research subjects. It is the responsibility of each investigator, whether they are an administrator, faculty member, staff, or student to protect the rights of subjects. Ultimately, the IRB provides a safeguard for the promotion of ethical and responsible treatment of human subjects by reviewing all human research and subsequently providing education and guidance to the research community.

    All research involving human subjects must be reviewed and either exempted from IRB review or approved by the IRB before the research project can be initiated. Hardin-Simmons University and the members of the IRB are guided by federal regulations, university policies, and the ethical principles of the Belmont Report. The Institutional Review Board here at Hardin-Simmons operates under a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) filed with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) (FWA 00022307) through September 5, 2019. Hardin Simmons University’s IRB is registered with OHRP and the FDA.

    The Hardin-Simmons University IRB is composed primarily of HSU faculty/staff with expertise in education, health-care, psychology, philosophy, and research design/statistics. There is also a member of the IRB that is employed outside of Hardin Simmons University and is an expert in K-12 education. The IRB reserves the right to ask for expert guidance from community members as needed. Hardin-Simmons University is a private, faith-based institution and as such reserves the right to support research that is supportive of its mission and values.

    Please follow the steps found on this website to complete the review process. If you have any questions about the submission or review process, please do not hesitate to contact the designated Institutional Official, Dr. Dennis G. O’Connell. Any questions/comments related to misconduct should be directed to Dr. Travis Frampton.

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