Any research conducted by students, including undergraduates, that meets the following criteria must be reviewed and approved by the IRB before the research study can begin:
- Projects that meet the definition of "research" (see Definition of Terms)
- Research that uses human beings as subjects or data from human beings
This includes dissertations, theses, graduate student projects, professional papers, or honors theses, if the goal of the research study is to contribute to generalizable knowledge.
All student research projects must be under the direction of a faculty advisor who has completed CITI certification and who is listed as the principal investigator (PI) on the study. Students must also complete CITI certification.
Students may not serve as PIs. (See UNLV's Principal Investigator Eligibility Policy.) They must have a faculty advisor who fulfills the PI eligibility criteria and who will serve as PI and faculty advisor on the study. All correspondence will be sent via email to the PI, and students will be copied. Please ensure that all email addresses are correct for delivery of correspondence from Office of Research Integrity – Human Subjects.
It is the responsibility of faculty advisors to assist students in preparing the protocol application for review by the IRB and to ensure that the research is conducted in accordance with UNLV’s Human Subjects Policy and with the federal government regulations.
Graduate students proposing new unaffiliated projects should apply for IRB review. Unaffiliated projects are those that are not a part of a principal investigator’s larger similar project.
If additional information is needed, please call the Office of Research Integrity – Human Subjects at 702-895-2794.