Institutional Review Board

We are excited that you may be interested in conducting research through Freed-Hardeman University. 

As noted in the IRB manual, FHU is dedicated to moral and spiritual values, academic excellence, and service in a friendly, supportive environment, and the goal of FHU's IRB is to verify that research carried out in connection with the university is consistent with that purpose. Furthermore, FHU's IRB strives to make sure that each person is treated as a special creation of God and is protected if participating in research by ensuring that each subject is treated fairly, with respect, and in accordance with all applicable laws and university policies.

Research proposals are reviewed so that risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, to subjects and the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result. In evaluating risks and benefits, FHU's IRB considers only those risks and benefits that may result from the research. In order to do this, particular attention is given to (a) the informed consents and (b) the risks/benefits both in relation to the university’s purpose.