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Policy Number: 708

Policy: Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research

Date Adopted: 2001

Revision Date: 09/13

References: CFR 21:50,56; 34:97; 45:46

Approved By: Scott Whittenburg, Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship


The University of Montana requires that all research projects involving human subjects be approved by the University of Montana Institutional Review Board (IRB) where UM students, faculty, and/or staff are engaged for the purposes of the research project to obtain: (1) data about the subjects of the research through intervention or interaction with them; (2) identifiable private information about the subjects of the research; or (3) the informed consent of human subjects for the research.  Studies conducted off campus involving UM personnel also require UM IRB approval.

Any employee, adjunct faculty member or student who, on behalf of the University of Montana, conducts human subjects research must receive IRB approval prior to involving any human participants in the research, including any study advertisement or subject recruitment.  IRB approval must be received and documented before any sponsored funds may be released.  UM adjunct faculty or researchers wishing to undertake research involving human subjects as part of their duties shall be subject to the same rules regarding IRB submission of their research proposal as regular UM faculty.

Federalwide Assurance #00000078

IRB Registration #00000854

The procedures governing Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and the protection of human subjects are in Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 56; Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46; Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50; and Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 97.

Administration & Finance

The University of Montana-Missoula

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406.243.4676 / fax: 406.243.5537

Carol.Buerman@umontana.edu