The mission of OPRS and IRB is to protect the rights and welfare of human research participants by ensuring compliance with state and federal laws as well as the high ethical standard set forth in university policy.
OPRS and the IRBs determine what types of activities constitute research with humans. They review, approve, or require modifications to proposed research activities.
All projects that meet the federal definitions of research with human subjects must be reviewed and approved, or receive an exempt determination, by the IRB prior to beginning any research activities regardless of funding source.
UIUC Campus Administrative Manual: Human Subjects in Research