Human Research Protection

All students conducting research under the program requirements at Union University of California, including all doctoral students conducting dissertation research and all employees or agents performing research pursuant to institutionally designated authority or responsibility of UUC, are required to obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval prior to beginning research-related interactions with human participants/subjects and/or their records. Research conducted outside the purview of UUC as described above is not governed by the UUC IRB.

UUC’s IRB is responsible for assessing all research proposals involving human participants/subjects and/or their records and protecting them from the risk of physical, psychological, social, economic, or legal harm. In the review and conduct of research involving human participants/subjects, UUC’s IRB is guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report (i.e., respect for persons, beneficence, and justice). In addition, Union University of California requires that all research conducted under its auspices be performed in accordance with Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 (45 CFR46).

Conflict of Interest in Research

All students conducting research under the program requirements at Union University of California, including all doctoral students conducting dissertation research and all employees or agents performing research pursuant to institutionally designated authority or responsibility of UUC, are required to ensure that academic, financial, or other personal interests do not compromise the objectivity with which their research is designed, conducted, and reported. Institutional Review Board (IRB) committee members will not participate in the review of research protocols with which they have a conflict of interest in accordance with Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 (45 CFR46), with the exception of providing information requested by the IRB.

UUC’s IRB has established procedures to ensure that researchers’ or IRB committee members’ conflicts of interest do not impede the rights and welfare of human research participants/subjects.