IRB Mission

The mission of the National American University Institutional Review Board is to assure highest quality research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of the university. In that regard, safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects in research is a general institutional policy delegated by the president through the provost to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Therefore, any research project involving human subjects which is conducted by National American University faculty, staff, students, or external persons (or that takes place on any National American University location or as a part of an academic affiliation agreement) is subject to review and approval by the IRB.

The IRB’s main purpose is to ensure protection of human subjects through the review, approval, modification, or disapproval of research applications submitted by faculty, staff, student, and/or external investigators. The IRB is further responsible for communication, recordkeeping, reporting, monitoring, education of the university community about ethical issues, and oversight of all research activity involving human subjects. The IRB is guided by ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report (1979) and legal mandates outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Part 46 (1994).

All students, along with faculty, staff or external investigators, considering conducting a research study affiliated in any way with NAU including but not limited to studies involving NAU personnel or students, taking place on an NAU location, or as part of association agreement between NAU and another party must contact the IRB chairperson prior to beginning any research.