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Institutional Review Board


The primary mission of the Cabrini University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure the protection of rights, privacy, and welfare of all human participants in research programs conducted by faculty, professional staff, and students associated with the University. The IRB frames its work within the mission of Education of the Heart with a commitment to academic excellence and social justice through research practices. In addition, the IRB review process is guided by federal rules and regulations, and is based on the Protection of Human Subject Code of Federal Regulations, the Belmont Report, and provisions of 45 CFR 46 – Protection of Human Subjects. To achieve these goals, the IRB has the authority to review, approve, modify, or disapprove research protocols submitted by faculty, staff and student investigators.

Statement of Principles

Cabrini University is committed to excellence in teaching and research. There is a commitment to conduct these activities within the highest possible ethical standards. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Cabrini University will review for approval all research involving human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to protect human subjects and to assist faculty, students, and staff in the pursuit of knowledge through research that reflects the ethical standards of this institution.

Cabrini University is a Catholic university whose core values emanate from the life of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini and her desire to provide an Education of the Heart. Essential values include respect for the integrity of the individual, a dedication to excellence, promotion of innovation combined with proactive stewardship, and strengthening community through ethical responsibility.

The following broad principles are the basis for the development of Cabrini University’s policies concerning review of research involving humans:

  • Protection of the research participant is the central focus of the IRB.
  • The direct or potential benefits to the subject, and/or the importance of the knowledge gained, must outweigh the inherent physical, psychological, or other risks to the individual.
  • Participation in the project must be voluntary and informed consent must be obtained from all subjects, unless the Institutional Review Board waives the requirement.
  • A research participant has the right to withdraw from a research project at any time or may refuse to participate without loss of benefits to which the subject would be otherwise entitled.
  • Safeguarding information about an individual that has been obtained in the course of an investigation is a primary obligation of the investigator.
  • No distinctions in the approval and monitoring of projects will be drawn between funded and non-funded projects, sponsored and unsponsored projects, or on-campus or off-campus projects, except for requirements concerning reporting information to a funding agency.