The federal Common Rule specifies an institutional structure be in place for the protection of human subjects in research. Each organization must establish one or more IRBs to review and approve research involving human subjects. At UW-Stout all research is reviewed, including research by faculty, staff and students.
The IRB has one paramount responsibility: To protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The IRB will take into account national and, when appropriate, international ethical standards of research on a protocol-by-protocol basis.