The HSPP provides professional support to the Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRB oversight is an essential component of human subjects protection. The Review Board is composed of members of the MSU Denver faculty and staff and the community at-large. Members of the IRB are tasked with protecting the rights and welfare of participants in research studies. The IRB reviews and makes determinations on proposed human subjects research that is conducted by or in collaboration with MSU Denver faculty, staff, and/or students. The IRB follows regulatory requirements and the ethical principles of Respect for Persons, Beneficence, and Justice in reviewing research that involves participants and/or identifiable private information.
The HSPP serves as a resource for MSU Denver faculty, staff, and student researchers. Through the HSPP, individuals can learn about the ethical conduct of human subjects research, understand and implement regulatory requirements and standards in their studies, and successfully navigate the IRB review process and requirements throughout the life of their study. HSPP staff receive submissions to the IRB, assign studies for review, and facilitate the process for both researchers and IRB reviewers. Researchers are encouraged to consult with the HSPP Coordinator in the development of their IRB submission packets and to engage with the HSPP staff during the review process for any assistance needed. The HSPP also coordinates outreach activities and provides workshops to train and inform researchers on the ethical conduct of human subjects research and the IRB process.
The HSP Program works to ensure that the review and conduct of human subjects research is in compliance with regulations and standards. These tasks include developing, implementing, and evaluating policies and procedures that meet the terms of our Federalwide Assurance (FWA). The FWA is the institution's agreement with the federal government on the conduct and oversight of human subjects research. The Associate Vice President of Curriculum and Academic Effectiveness, Dr. Rae Shevalier, is the signatory authority on the FWA and oversees the HSP Program and the administrative support of the IRB. The HSPP and IRB take a collaborative approach with researchers to ensure that any concerns of noncompliance are appropriately addressed, that corrective actions are developed to protect current and future participants, and that reporting requirements are met both within and outside of the institution.
Contact the Human Subjects Protection Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-352-7330.
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Federalwide Assurance (FWA) for the Protection of Human Subjects
FWA#: FWA00010020 Expires: 11/05/2018
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Registration of an Institutional Review Board
IORG #: IORG0004531 Expires 03/31/2017