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Policy on Research with Human Subjects

Graduate or undergraduate student programs may involve human subjects in research and/or clinical investigations. "Research" means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Masters' theses and Ph.D. dissertations are considered to present generalizable knowledge. "Human subject" means a living individual about whom an investigator conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual or (2) identifiable, private information. Federal regulations and/or university policies require review and approval of all proposed research and/or clinical investigations involving human subjects by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation. An official determination letter from the MSU IRB office must be obtained before involving human subjects in research and/or clinical investigations; this letter may be required by other University offices.

Information regarding procedures for IRB submission and review is available from the Human Research Protection Program Web site at, E-mail, or call 1-517-355-2180. Appointment or walk-in questions are welcomed. Visit the Web site for hours and location.