Research Support


Southern Adventist University provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff for any research assignments or projects. To protect human research subjects, Southern Institutional Review Board (IRB) ensures that vital research of the University can be conducted in full compliance with regulations designed to protect the rights and welfare of research participants from undue risks and deprivation of rights and dignity. 

Faculty and staff, both full-time and part-time, who are using human subjects or identifiable, private information about human subjects, as well as animal research subjects to conduct research within the course and scope of their duties are required to have prior approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) before research is initiated. Projects must be approved regardless of whether or not the research is funded and regardless of the source of funds. All research proposals must be reviewed by the IRB and no individual may exempt a proposal from review. 

Students whose research is conducted under the advisement of a faculty member must follow the same policy as faculty and staff (outlined above).

Who needs an IRB approval?»

Main research resources available at Southern:

Research is defined as "A systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalize knowledge. Activities, which meet this definition, constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether they are conducted or supported under a program, which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities" (Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46.102d).

A Human Subject is defines as "A living individual about whom an investigator (whether professional or student) conducting research obtains (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual, or (2) identifiable private information" (Code of Federal Regulations, 45 CFR 46.102f).