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All research involving human subjects that is conducted at or sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, whether funded or unfunded, and whether conducted by Illinois faculty or others, must comply with applicable policies for the protection of human subjects. Under a formal assurance made by the campus and approved by the federal Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), and per federal regulations, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is given broad authority and wide-ranging responsibilities for ensuring the ethical and legal conduct of human subject research at Illinois.

  • Regulations require IRBs and PIs to retain research data while the resesearch is being conducted and after the research is completed. As a result, researchers must comply with the longest applicable standard according to current state and institutional policies. 

  • The act requires informed consent documentation for College of Medicine research to be provided in a language that is understandable to the research subject/participant.

  • The act provides that information derived from genetic testing is confidential. It limits the use of genetic information by insurers and employers and provides an exception to the confidentiality of genetic information with respect to criminal proceedings.

  • While any person may make a report if they have reasonable cause to believe that a child or elder was abused or neglected, Illinois Public Act Code mandates that personnel of higher education institutions who suspect child or elder abuse or neglect report this to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) or the Illinois Department on Aging, as appropriate.