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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally mandated body responsible for the protection of human subjects involved in research. The IRB reviews, approves, and monitors research conducted under the auspices of the University of West Georgia (UWG) by its faculty, students, and staff. The primary function of the IRB is to safeguard the welfare and rights of human subjects in compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The committee assists investigators in insuring that the rights and welfare of subjects are adequately protected.

The University of West Georgia operates by DHHS-assigned Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) number 00005615.

All studies (social science, behavioral, historic, linguistic, and marketing research) involving human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB prior to involving subjects in research. If you have questions regarding the IRB or its process, you may contact any member of the IRB.  Additional information regarding the IRB can be found under "IRB Information" and within the UWG Guidelines for the Review of Research Involving Human Subjects.


IRB Frequently Asked Questions 

New: Tips for Completing your IRB application