Stephen F. Austin State University

Human Research Subjects

Guiding Principles to the Ethical Use of Human Research Subjects

All research activities involving humans as subjects must provide for the safety, health and welfare of every individual. Additionally, all legal rights, including the right to privacy, must not be infringed. The direct or potential benefits to the subject or the importance of the knowledge to be gained must outweigh the potential risks to the individual. No human subject can participate in a research project until the IRB has approved the research protocol and written informed consent has been obtained from the subject.

The Principal Investigator has the obligation of safeguarding information obtained as part of a research project. Principal Investigators are responsible for the IRB application, training for the research protocol, research activities, supervision of human subjects, and reporting any changes to the IRB, as well as unanticipated consequences from the research.