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Introduction to the IRB

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California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) is committed to the protection of human subjects in research. To assist with this goal, the University has designated a Human Subjects Committee (also called the Institutional Review Board, or IRB) to review proposals for research involving human subjects. The Committee evaluates the research only in terms of its compliance with ethical standards regarding the treatment of subjects. While individual researchers are ultimately responsible for their practices, the Committee's review is designed to provide objective input as another level of protection for the subjects. In addition, the independent review by the Committee is of benefit to those who could be held accountable for the research practices -- the researchers and the University.