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Baruch Human Research Protection Program

Baruch Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Office

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What is a Human Research Protection Program?

The CUNY Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects in research projects conducted at CUNY or by CUNY faculty, staff and students and RF CUNY staff. The program provides oversight, administrative support and educational training to ensure that CUNY research complies with federal and State regulations, University policy and the highest ethical standards. The CUNY HRPP comprises of 3 University Integrated Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and 19 on-site HRPP offices.

A Human Research Protection Program concentrates not only on the review of IRB protocols but the quality of the overall research program university-wide. We accomplish this by the initiation of campus-wide training and education efforts under the direction of the Associate University Provost for Research Administration & Compliance.

The HRPP Coordinator is tasked with communicating CUNY and federal policies. Our main goal is the successful navigation of the UI IRB review process but also the education of PI's and the community at large regarding the use of human subjects in research.

About the CUNY UI (University Integrated) IRB

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a diverse body that may consist of faculty, staff and students. An IRB must have at least one community representative and one nonscientist. Each IRB is charged with protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects. The IRB reviews proposed research protocols to ensure that the proposed research follows federal guidelines and accepted ethical principles to meet that goal. Academic and cultural diversity of IRB members ensures that research proposals are given a thorough review by members with varying interests.

In order to receive federal funding for human subjects research, an institution must pledge, in a document called a FederalWide Assurance (FWA), to follow certain ethical principles and federal regulations in the review of human subjects research proposals. CUNY applies these ethical principles and federal regulations to all human subjects research conducted at CUNY or by CUNY employees (faculty and staff) and students, regardless of funding or funding source.

CUNY faculty, staff and students, and community representatives to the IRB volunteer their time to ensure that CUNY research is conducted in concert with these ethical principles. Because the regulations were designed to be flexible, the IRB members must remain up-to-date on the interpretation of the regulations. They regularly attend training sessions and read research ethics related literature.

Baruch University Integrated (UI) IRB Members

Baruch Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Compliance Team