General Statement of Policy
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General Statement of Policy
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recognizes its basic responsibility to ensure the protection of human subjects. To this end, it has adopted the following statement of policy applicable to all research involving human subjects that is conducted at or sponsored by the University or conducted by any University of Illinois employee or agent:
- Anyone responsible for such research must:
- adhere to the principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice embodied in the Belmont Report;
- adhere to all campus policies and procedures set forth by OPRS and elsewhere;
- adhere to the policies, principles, and procedures set forth in the campus' Federalwide Assurance, on file with the Office for Human Research Protections; and
- adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local requirements for the conduct of human subjects research.
- The decision of human subjects to participate in research governed by this policy must meet the standards of informed consent. If children are involved as subjects and are capable of assent, their assent to participate must be solicited in addition to the consent of their parents. The decision to participate must be
- voluntary—it must occur as the result of free choice, without compulsion or obligation;
- based on full disclosure of the information needed to make an informed decision about whether or not to participate; and.
- based on the subject's comprehension of the information provided.
- The selection of research subjects must be fair. Subjects should not be selected for potentially beneficial research on the basis of favoritism, nor should risky research be targeted to subjects who are less powerful.
- The procedures for recruiting subjects must protect their privacy and be reasonable in terms of their conditions or circumstances. No coercion, explicit or implicit, should be used to obtain or maintain cooperation.
- Any payment made to subjects should not be so large as to constitute excessive inducement for participation.
- When access to subjects is gained through cooperating institutions or individuals, prior commitments made to the subjects about the confidentiality or other terms of the primary relationship should not be abridged.
- Risks to subjects must be minimized and should be justified by the anticipated benefits to the subject or society.
- Adequate provision must be made to protect the privacy of subjects and to maintain the confidentiality of identifiable information.
- Approval for conducting research with human subjects must be obtained prior to any involvement of subjects. All such research must be reviewed by the campus Institutional Review Board (IRB) or an approved entity appropriately delegated by the IRB. All approved projects must be periodically reevaluated.
- This policy does not generally apply to routine course, workshop, or curriculum development using accepted educational practices sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign or to aid or services provided by professionals to their clients.