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The Human Subjects Research Office (HSRO) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at RIT exist to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of the people who take part in research.

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 Institutional Review Board

Members have a variety of backgrounds and bring a varied set of skills and expertise to the review process. As required by Federal Guidelines this diversity fosters a well-rounded review.

The IRB assembles to discuss research activities that do not fall into an Exempt or Expedited category, are greater than minimal risk, and activities that may meet the requirements to be considered Exempt or Expedited but focus on topics that benefit from review by a group.


All members of RIT and external researchers collecting data at RIT are expected to adhere to the highest ethical and professional standards as they pursue research with human subjects. In light of that aim the Institute has adopted the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) for human subjects training.

Learn more about the CITI Program

Contact the Human Subjects Research Office

Heather Foti
Heather Foti
Director, Human Subjects Research