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Institutional Review Board


Dr. Roger Guy, IRB Chair
Phone: 910.775.4273

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is required by federal law to review and approve ALL research proposals that involve human subjects; that is, any research involving people including adults, children and infants. Special protections are accorded to minors, prisoners, pregnant women, and disadvantaged populations.All research conducted at UNC Pembroke or by UNC Pembroke faculty, staff and/or students at any location (including research conducted as part of classroom exercises or course requirements) must undergo an IRB review and have a protocol application on file with the IRB Chair.

Some typical examples of human subjects research the IRB reviews

    • Survey research for a course or thesis
    • Educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, or achievement)
    • Research on individual or group characteristics or behavior (including research on perception, cognition, motivation, identity, language, communication, cultural beliefs, and behavior)
    • Research employing survey, interview, oral history, focus group, program evaluation, human factors evaluation or quality assurance methodologies
    • Collection of data made from voice, video, digital or image recordings made for research purposes
    • Collection or study of existing data, personal documents, records, pathological or diagnostic specimens
    • Research and demonstration projects designed to study or evaluate public benefit programs
    • Test and food quality evaluation studies

If you plan to undertake research in any of these areas you must submit the IRB Protocol Application, found under the Forms and Guidelines link, and any supporting materials. Please email these forms to Send one signed hard copy to the IRB chair. You will be notified within 10 business days as to the level of review your protocol will require.The IRB strongly reccomends that applicants read the information under Policies and Procedures prior to the submission of the IRB Protocol Application.This website provides information about IRB policies, procedures, appeals and training opportunities.If you are not sure about whether your project requires an IRB, please contact the IRB chair.