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Office Roles & Responsibilities

The Human Subjects Research Office (HSRO) carries out its role by:

  • Reviewing all research activities at RIT that include human subjects
  • Developing operating and administrative policies that deal with human subjects protections
  • Providing guidance on all regulatory aspects of human subjects research
  • Providing educational activities related to human subject protections
  • Providing administration of the functions of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The HSRO and the IRB will:

  • Review research to ensure it meets the criteria found in the Federal Regulations
  • Confirm that the research doesn't expose participants to unreasonable risk
  • Conduct continuing review as appropriate to make sure protections remain consistent
  • Consider adverse events and other information that may be relevant to the research
  • Assess suspected or alleged protocol violations, complaints from participants, and violations of RIT policies

As a result of review, the HSRO and the IRB may:

  • Approve, disapprove or terminate research activities
  • Require modifications in protocols, including previously approved research
  • Require documentation of informed consent or allow waiver of documentation
  • Require that additional information be given to participants if it adds to the protection of their rights and welfare

The HSRO resides in the Office of the Vice President for Research.

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