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Human Subjects Research

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services requires that all research projects involving human subjects be screened to confirm that the subjects' rights, privacy, welfare, and civil liberties are protected. Human subjects are living individuals about whom an investigator obtains:

a)     data by intervention or interaction with the individual;

b)     or identifiable private information.

The private information may include the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens.

The SIUC Human Subjects Committee is responsible for reviewing all human-subjects research projects conducted by individuals affiliated with SIUC, including students. This review protects not only the human subjects involved in a research project, but also the researcher and, by extension, the University.

To submit a project for review, first familiarize yourself with the committee procedures and the Human Subjects Guide. Then fill out and submit a Human Subjects Research Application (see below). (Researchers, please note: Some aspects of the committee procedures have recently been revised; see the last three sections of that document in particular.)

No research involving human subjects should be conducted prior to receiving committee approval.

Note that most class projects designed to teach research methods are not considered research, and the SIUC Human Subjects Committee does not review them. There are exceptions, however. Students and faculty should read Section 7.3 of the Human Subjects Guide for more information. Plan ahead. If a class project has to be reviewed by the committee, the project may be delayed for several weeks before it is finally approved.

HSC Review Process

Download a PDF of this Chart – For more information, see HSC Procedures.

* If the committee does not approve the revised protocol a revised application will be requested, the applicant can then choose to revise the protocol or withdraw the application.  A protocol must receive approval before human subjects can be used in research.

The committee meets the first Friday of each month if they have received applications that require full committee review, please contact for further information.

Contact Information:

Karen Rowland
Secretary, Human Subjects Committee
Woody Hall C-214

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