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Policy Statement Part One

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Policy Statement 

Statement of Ethical Principles

Missouri Southern State University is committed to quality teaching and learning, scholarship, and community service. The University strives to fulfill its mission and objectives in an honorable and ethical manner. It is in this light that the University has developed policy and procedures for the protection of humans as participants in research. The development of this policy was guided by the ethical principles set fourth in the Declaration of Helsinki, the National Commission of the Protection of Human Participants of Biomedical and Behavioral research, and the requirements of the code of Federal Regulations 45 CFR 46.

Applicability of Policy

All systematic research undertaken by Missouri Southern personnel or students in which human subjects participate is subject to review under this policy. The federal definition for research is "a systematic investigation, including research development,testing and evaluation, designed to develop and contribute to generalizable knowledge (45 CFR 46)." This definition includes any surveys, tests, observations of people, or experiments which involve systematic data collection that could result in knowledge reported in professional meetings or publications. All research projects directed by MSSU faculty, staff, or students must receive Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to collecting data. Research conducted on the MSSU campus by researchers from other institutions may fulfill the requirements of approval by submitting a copy of the IRB approval from their home institution to the MSSU IRB.

Classroom curriculum projects, workshop evaluations, and administrative projects do not need IRB approval if they are not research; that is, if the results will not be distributed outside the classroom, institutional setting, or if they are used solely for program review or evaluation. If such projects may lead to generalizable information, through publication or dissemination of results, they must undergo review. Regardless of whether the project is subject to review, all personnel and students must adhere to ethical guidelines when conducting class projects with human participants.

External Researcher

Individuals from other institutions who wish to conduct research using MSSU students or personnel as participants must send proof of the approval of their research by their home institution's Institutional Review Board to IRB c/o Dr. Bob Adebayo, 3950 Newman Road, Joplin, MO 64801-1595 or If the home institution does not have a procedure for approving human research procedures, the individuals must submit the appropriate information to the MSSU IRB for review.

Human Subjects Review Structure

Institutional Review Board Composition

The IRB is an administrative committee consisting of diverse individuals with the background necessary to evaluate human subjects research and its institutional, legal, scientific, and social implications. The members of the IRB are appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs for three year terms.

Two representatives from each of the academic schools. Preferably, these members will come from the Departmental Review Panels.
Two representatives whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas.
Two members will be from the community and not employees or members of the Board of Governors of the University or family members of a University employee or Governor.
The Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Institutional Research (member by position).
The Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (member by position).
Membership will consist of both men and women.

IRB Responsibilities

The IRB shall review and have the authority to approve, require modification, or disapprove all research activities involving human subjects.

Except when a research project is exempt or an expedited review is used, reviews will occur at a convened meeting at which a majority of the IRB members are present, including at least one member whose primary concerns are in nonscientific areas.

The IRB will periodically review the range of research approved under the exempt and expedited categories to assure compliance with policy.

The IRB shall develop policy and procedures for review of research involving human subjects. The policies and procedures shall be consistent with ethical standards and federal code regarding human subjects.

The IRB shall retain documentation of their review activities including copies of all research proposals reviewed, minutes of their meetings, copies of correspondence with the investigators, and records of continuing review. All records must be retained for 3 years after completion of a research project.

The IRB will provide written notice to principal investigators of the disposition of their proposals.

The IRB will conduct a continuing review of ongoing projects at least once a year.

IRB members should provide advice to investigators whose research involves human subjects.

IRB Meetings

The IRB will meet as needed the fall and spring semesters. Meetings will be called by the IRB chair person.

Departmental Review Panels

Departments with a significant number of minimal risk research activities may establish a Departmental Review Panel. Departments that wish to establish a Departmental Review Panel may establish guidelines in keeping with the IRB policies and their discipline's professional ethical guidelines. Departments must supply the IRB a copy of their guidelines and a list of their reviewers along with a copy of the training certification for each member. Trained members of the review panels will serve as reviewers for exempt projects and as one of the reviewers for expedited projects. Reviewers are urged to facilitate the review process by completing their review within two working days. Upon completion of the review the reviewer will send a signed copy of the Human Subjects Review Application and associated materials to the IRB manager.

Training Requirements

Members of the IRB and all Departmental Review Panels must complete the online training module entitled: Human Participant Protections Education for Research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. The submission of the certificate of completion available at the completion of the training module is to be printed and submitted to be maintained with the reviewer's qualifications for the IRB.

  1. Click on the link or copy and paste the link into your internet browser (which ever you do is fine).
    Link takes you directly to the NIH Office of Extramural Research Login/Registration page.
  2. Click on Registration and complete the information

  3. Under what courses click Basic.

  4. Complete the course and print our certificate

  5. Email or hand deliver your course certificate