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  • Policies and Procedures


    Three ethical principles guide the conduct of research involving human subjects. They are: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. The principle of respect for persons requires that we recognize the dignity and autonomy of individuals. In the conduct of research this means that subjects should be given the opportunity to choose what shall or shall not happen to them. This opportunity is provided when three conditions of ethically valid informed consent are satisfied:

    1. Disclosure of information: Subjects must be given sufficient information about the research to allow them to make an informed decision,
    2. Comprehension: Subjects must have the intellectual capacity to understand the information and researchers must present the information in terms that are understandable to subjects, and
    3. Voluntariness: Consent should be free from coercion or undue influence.

    The policies and procedures for the University's involvement in research involving human subjects are implemented so that those subjects are protected. Further, they are implemented to provide compliance with governmental regulations pertaining to such research. Minnesota State University Moorhead has an obligation to ensure that all research involving human subjects meets regulations established by Regulations for the Protection of Human Subject (Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Part 46). Additionally, the IRB is informed by a number of other documents addressing the ethical treatment of research subjects including Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (The Belmont Report) by the National Commission for the Protection of Human subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. A copy of these Regulations is available from the Chair of the IRB and on Reserve in the Library. The policies and procedures will be communicated to departments so that all persons shall be informed of them. It is the intent of IRB to be available for consultation on matters pertaining to its areas of responsibilities.