The intent and mission of Barry University requires the pursuit of exemplary educational practices guided by basic ethical principles and Judeo-Christian values. The same high moral standards which characterize the teaching that is so highly prized within this university must be applied also to all research conducted under the auspices of this institution. Accordingly, the philosophy of Barry University affirms that such research must conform to the moral, scientific and ethical principles that justify its conduct.Barry University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research projects and activities that involve human participants regardless of the source of funding. Research activities reviewed by the IRB include the following:
- Research that is sponsored by Barry University or that is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of Barry University in connection with his or her university responsibilities, or in which he or she has authorization to list Barry University as his or her university affiliation.
- Research that is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of Barry University using any property or facility of Barry University.
- Research that involves the use of Barry University's non-public information to identify or contact human research participants or prospective participants.
- IRB Waiver: For professors teaching courses that require classroom activities that may be considered research, the professor should complete the “Student Classroom Research Project Approval Request Form”, attach the requisite documents and submit the form to the IRB. If the class project comes under the classification of an educational experience, does not involve videotaping, does not involve vulnerable populations, or does not involve categories of sensitive information, then the course may be given an IRB waiver. Once a waiver is received the students do not need to seek IRB approval for their projects. The waiver will remain in effect until the course syllabus is changed.
- As of Fall 2014 expedited reviews will be permitted for single-semester student-as-PI research. Professors who teach courses that require single-semester research should submit protocols to the IRB Secretary, Barbara Cook with a cover letter stating the course and professor’s name and ask for expedited review. Federal Statute 45 CFR 46.110 permits expedited reviews where the risk is no more than minimal.
- All primary investigators submitting an IRB protocol must include a current (within one year) copy of the completion certificate indicating that they have completed the Human Participants Protection Education for Research Teams online course. The tutorial can be completed at the following website: http://phrp.nihtraining.com, IRB proposals submitted without proof of completion of the online tutorial will be automatically rejected.
- The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) provides graphic aids to determine whether an activity must be reviewed; whether it is expedited or whether informed consent or documentation may be waived. The site is located here. For further questions, contact the IRB Chair, Dr. David Feldman at (305) 899-3478 or the IRB Secretary, Barbara Cook at (305) 899-3020.