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Human Subjects Protection

All research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the Institutional Review Board - Human Subjects Protection Committee. During the review process various guidelines are used in reviewing the research protocol to ensure that it is in compliance with federal and state regulations, and in accordance with Delaware State University’s institutional assurance compliance filed with the Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR). If you are doing a study of any kind that involves humans, please contact OSP for guidance on the process for your particular study.

Submission of a protocol to the IRB - Human Subjects Protection Committee and subsequent approval of the project means that the IRB - Human Subjects Protection Committee has found the protocol to conform to scientific, ethical and legal standards for research involving human subjects. 

All survey forms that entail research activities that may involve little or no risk to subjects must be submitted to the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP), OSCAR 3rd Floor. Funded, including non-funded research projects, must also be submitted to the OSP.

IRB Application Deadlines and Meeting  Dates

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Dates are subject to change due to academic scheduling.

For more information, please visit the Sponsored Programs Forms Library or contact Ms. Chanel Haman in the Office of Sponsored Programs at 302.857.6834 or at chaman [at] desu.edu.

Institutional Animal Care and Use

All animal-use protocols involving vertebrate animals conducted or sponsored by Delaware State University must be submitted for campus Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review, approval, and periodic review in accordance with campus policies and procedures which are required by federal law. Review of animal-use protocols may be subject to further appropriate review and approval by officials of the University. These officials may not, however, approve an activity involving the care and use of animals if the campus IACUC has not approved it.

All faculty and staff using animals in teaching and/or research purposes should download a copy of the  IACUC Approval Application. This document identifies the requirements and procedures for obtaining approval of animal-use protocols. An animal-use project may not begin until the principal investigator has been notified that the animal-use protocol has been approved by the campus IACUC and a protocol number has been assigned by the IACUC Committee. A completed copy of the application should be forwarded to Ms. Chanel Haman in the Office of Sponsored Programs .

For more information on IACUC, please all 302.857.6834.