At UW-Stout, the IRB is a peer-review body. The IRB chair and most members are UW-Stout faculty or staff. The IRB also has at least one community member; someone not affiliated with the university.
The IRB, with the assistance of staff, review:
- Research protocols before any work is started
- Ongoing research at least once, on an annual basis
- All changes to research protocols before implementation (except when implementation is necessary to eliminate immediate hazards to subjects)
- Reports of unanticipated events (e.g., unplanned mental anguish from subjects)
- Protocol violations (e.g., researcher deviates significantly from an IRB approved methodology)
The IRB has the authority to suspend or terminate research that is not being conducted in accordance with the IRB decisions, conditions, and requirements or that has been associated with unexpected serious harm to subjects.