Using Human Subjects in Research

Human Subjects Research

The Mary Baldwin University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the oversight of all research activities at the College that involve human research subjects.  The Mary Baldwin IRB is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS IRB00004838 and IOR0004078).  Mary Baldwin has a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA # 00008717) from the Office of Human Research Protection at DHHS.

How do I know if I need IRB approval for my research project?
Any member of the Mary Baldwin community – faculty, staff, or student – who is planning to conduct a research project that involves the collection of specimens or data from living human participants must submit a research proposal to the Mary Baldwin University IRB. Please use this checklist to determine if your project is considered human subjects research and which form to use for your submission.

If your proposed project involves human subjects research, you must obtain formal IRB approval PRIOR to beginning data collection.  Most external funding agencies require that IRB approval be in place prior to the submission of a grant proposal. 

For further information, review the Policies and Procedures document or contact the chair of the IRB.