At Walsh University, the primary purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the welfare of human subjects used in research. Federal and state regulations mandate that research involving human participants must be reviewed and approved by an IRB and will be subject to continuing review by the IRB. As an institution, Walsh University is committed to fostering the growth of human subjects' research by faculty and students for the greater good of humanity and for the pursuance of knowledge. The President, through the Chief Academic Officer and Institutional Official (IO), grants authority to the IRB to approve of research involving human subjects. However, the Institutional Official, Chief Academic Officer and/or President may disapprove a protocol or research activity that has been approved by the IRB if the protocol is contradictory to the mission of the university.

Update Conducting Human Subjects Research during COVID-19: 

This update applies to research that has already been approved as well as to new applications if research involves in-person interaction with human subjects.

Researchers that have approved IRB protocols and plan to continue in-person research during the pandemic need to complete a change to an approved protocol application. The change must disclose the risks of conducting such research during the pandemic as well as a mitigation plan. Risks must be disclosed in the application as well as the informed consent. Please refer to “The Seven to Remember" from Task Force Lazarus.

What is Considered Human Subject Research?

Research is considered to involve human subjects when an investigator conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with a living individual, or (2) identifiable private information about a living individual. (Learn more here.)

Walsh University IRB: |  330-490-7443 

Federalwide Assurance Number (FWA): FWA00022389
(Expiration 07/18/2023)
IRB # 00009923
(Expiration 02/09/2024)