Faculty/Staff Guidelines

The University follows the ethical principles regarding human subject research as set forth in The Nuremberg Code and the report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research entitled, "Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research" (also known as the Belmont Report). The University acknowledges and accepts its responsibilities for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects of research.

Responsibilities of Researchers

Researchers have the primary responsibility for assuring the day-to-day protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects. Specifically, the researchers are responsible for:

  1. Obtaining and demonstrating certification of ethics training.
  2. Research design.
  3. Adhering to ethical codes; applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations; and the applicable policies and procedures of the University, the sponsoring agency, and cooperating institutions, if any.
  4. Training and supervising staff and students assisting in the research.
  5. Obtaining legally effective, informed consent from subjects.
  6. Fully disclosing the research protocol and potential risks to human subjects and complying with the requirements of the IRB to minimize risk to the research subjects.
  7. Retaining required records.
  8. Obtaining the prior approval of the IRB to initiate the research or to change approved research protocols involving human subjects.
  9. Reporting promptly to the IRB any adverse events involving research subjects that are, or reasonably may be thought to be, related to the research activity.


UA Fort Smith IRB Policy (Revised February 2012) PDF logo (PDF will open in new tab)