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Human Subject Research



The primary goals of the Western Carolina University Institutional Review Board is to protect the rights and welfare of individuals who participate as subjects while promoting and facilitating the research enterprise, and maintaining an open and cooperative relationship with the research community

Before participants are recruited or data is collected, the IRB must review and approve all research conducted by Western Carolina University faculty, staff, or students, regardless of funding source.

The IRB is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services – Office for Human Research Protections with the Federal-wide Assurance #FWA00010411. This provides assurance that the University will comply with applicable federal laws and regulations related to research with human subjects.

WCU's IRB uses IRBNet for all IRB submissions and the review process. Submissions are no longer accepted through email. Please visit the WCU IRBNet application process for instructions, or contact the IRB by emailing or calling 828-227-7212.

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