The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Chapman University is an authority that reviews, approves, denies and provides ongoing oversight of research involving human and animal subjects in in accordance with FDA regulations.
The IRB is composed of 11 Full Board Members and 2 Alternate Members representing the faculty, administration and community of Chapman University. With backgrounds in the physical, medical and social sciences, IRB Board Members are guided by regulations and standards of practice as formulated and enforced by various government departments including the Department of Health and Human Services.
Gaining IRB Approval
Instructors and students preparing to conduct research requiring human or animal participation should visit the Approval Process Forms and Instructions section to learn more about the requirements to earn IRB approval.
Research is a component of many courses at Chapman including in-class exercises, out-of-class assignments, term papers and capstone projects. While these often include some measure of research methodology, they may not constitute research that warrants oversight by the IRB. Research means a systematic investigation including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge; (See 45 CFR 46.102(d)). Consult our Definition of Research to clarify whether a project requires IRB oversight.