Institutional Review Board

Appointed by the Provost

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) recommends policies, and monitors their implementation, on the use of human beings as subjects for physical, mental and social experimentation, in and out of class. Policies recommended are in keeping with the guidelines established by the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, other federal agencies, and the Belmont Report. Copies of meeting minutes and annual reports will be forwarded to the chairperson of the Health and Occupational Safety Council, as that council is responsible for coordinating the activities of the committees assigned to specific health-related or occupational safety areas.

Protocols for the use of human subjects in research and in class experiments, whether funded internally or externally, must be approved by the IRB prior to the implementation of the human subject protocol. IRB approval may be for one year (maximum) or shorter intervals as determined by the IRB. Approval, denial or the withholding of approval pending modification to the protocol is at the sole discretion of the IRB. Violation of procedures and approved protocols can result in the loss of funding by the sponsoring agency or the University of Arkansas and may also be interpreted as "scientific misconduct."

The provost shall appoint members to the IRB so that the membership complies with 45 CFR46, as the same shall be amended from time to time, and so that it includes one community representative; one graduate student, and faculty members as follows: one non-scientist, one member from Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, one member from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, two or three members from J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, one member from Walton College of Business, two or three members from the College of Education and Health Professions, one member from College of Engineering,  and one member from the School of Law. The director of the university's Pat Walker Health Center will be an ex officio (voting) member and the director or his or her designee of the Office of Research Compliance will be an ex officio (non-voting) member.

In addition to the foregoing individuals, the IRB may, at its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB.

The provost will designate a chairperson from the faculty members. 

Sara McBee Community Representative 2024
Joshua Upshaw Graduate student (Psychology) 2024
Lindsey Aloia Faculty
Casey Owens Hanning Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences 2027
Carl Alan Smith Fay Jones School of Architecture 2028
Scott Eidelman J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences (Psychology) 2027
Douglas James Adams
J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences (Sociology) 2028
Ellen Leen-Feldner J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences (Psychology) 2023
John Aloysius Sam M. Walton College of Business 2025
Cathy Lirgg College of Education and Health Professions 2027
Robert Maranto College of Education and Health Professions 2026
Justin Chimka School of Engineering 2025
Ann Killenbeck School of Law 2025
Monica Holland Executive Director
Pat Walker Health Center*
Bob Beitle Office of Research Integrity and Compliance**  
*=ex officio
**=ex officio non-voting