Before an experiment can be conducted on human beings at Metro State, it must pass muster with the Human Subjects Review Board (HSRB).The HSRB is responsible for reviewing research proposals from faculty and students. The board determines whether any ethical concerns must be addressed by the researcher.
Dr. Therissa Libby, incoming chair of the HSRB and assistant professor of Human Services, strongly believes in the importance of the HSRB’s role in protecting vulnerable populations. The HSRB was established by university policy #2060 and requires that research study “participants must also be guaranteed freedom from coercion and undesirable consequences.” The board is an advocate against exploitation and malfeasance in all research studies, Libby said.
The HSRB consists of one representative from each college, plus a Metro State senior or graduate student, an administrative member, and an individual who is not affiliated or related to someone within the university. Training is provided to the members, and they are expected to serve three years to gain mastery of the review process. The board meets monthly.
Are student research proposals subject to review?
Independent student research projects involving human subjects must be submitted to the HSRB:
- Senior or capstone theses
- Undergraduate or Master’s research projects
Even if students are the primary investigators, faculty advisors or instructors will sign the proposal as the Responsible Project Investigator (RPI).
Class assignments that gather and analyze data from participants outside class are considered research and must be submitted to the HSRB:
- Focus groups
Research proposals are categorized based on their assumed risk factor to participants, and then reviewed by the HSRB in smaller groups. This speeds up the review process in an efficient and effective way.Read The Full Article