This committee serves as the Institutional Review Board for all research carried out by NSU faculty, staff and students. All research proposals involving human subjects are submitted to IRB prior to the initiation of such research for review or certification of exemption from 45CFR46 in compliance with federal law and regulations concerning protection of human subjects. The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications or reject the proposed research. Expedited review of proposals may occur at the discretion of the committee chair. The IRB reviews each proposal in regard to risks to human subjects, selection of human subjects, informed consent, protection of privacy of subjects, confidentiality, and protection of the rights and welfare of at risk and vulnerable groups. This committee reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.