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2.12. Policy Concerning Research with Human Participants

Kennesaw State University recognizes and accepts the responsibility to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants and is committed to compliance with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations for the protection of human participants (45 CFR Part 46, August 19, 1991). It is the policy of Kennesaw State University that all research projects that involve human participants and are conducted by faculty, staff or students, under the auspices of the university or using university resources, must be approved by the Kennesaw State University Institutional Review Board for Research with Human Participants (IRB) prior to commencing the research project. If the project is part of a proposal or application for funding from external sources, the project must be approved in accordance with agency guidelines (prior to submission or prior to the implementation date of a funded proposal).

Research proposals must be submitted to the IRB chair using the research proposal form that is available at www.kennesaw.edu/irb. Only the IRB can determine whether a study is exempt from review. Allow at least two weeks for processing. Proposals that require review of the full committee generally require more time for review. See the website for a comprehensive discussion of IRB policies and procedures at http://www.kennesaw.edu/irb.