Responsibilities of Investigators

It is the policy of Northeastern University that no activity involving human subjects be undertaken until those activities have been reviewed and approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Accordingly, all university research involving human subjects must first be reviewed by the Office of Human Subject Research Protection.

The principal investigator’s primary responsibility in human subjects’ research is to ensure that the rights and welfare of the participants are protected. Safeguarding the participants from undue risk is the ethical responsibility of each person who is involved, either directly or indirectly, in conducting research at Northeastern University.

Investigators must assure that each member of the research team carries out all research procedures in accordance with ethical principles of research. These principles of Justice, Autonomy and Beneficence are set forth in The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research and are codified as regulations in Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46.

Information regarding necessary guidelines for human research at the University can be found in the manual Policies & Procedures for Human Research Protections. Investigators are responsible for adhering to the guidelines provided there, and should read it prior to submitting an application for review.