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Institutional Review Board

Membership 2017-2018:
  • Jonniann Butterfield, Faculty Representative, Chair

  • Chad Brooks, Interim Associate Provost/Dean of Graduate Studies, ex-officio

  • Susan Cockrell, Faculty Representative 

  • Larry Lowrance, Faculty Representative 

  • Michael Gruszczynski, Faculty at Large

  • Amanuel Asfaw, Faculty Representative 

  • Yunying Zhang, Faculty Representative 

  • Thomas Ely, Community Representative, ex officio

  • James Cameron Bentley, Student Representative


The committee is responsible for implementation and enforcement of federal laws and regulations governing human research as well as APSU Policy 2:002, Research Involving Human Subjects. APSU's agreement with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Human Subjects Protection requires that APSU policy apply to all research involving human subjects, and all other activities which, even in part, involve such research, regardless of sponsorship, if one or more of the following apply:

      1.   The research is sponsored by this institution; or

      2.   The research is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of the institution in connection with his or her institutional responsibilities; or

      3.   The research is conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of this institution using any property or facility of this institution; or

      4.   The research involves the use of this institution’s non-public information to identify or contact human research subjects or prospective subjects.

The committee reviews and approves all planned/proposed research, development, and related activities involving human subjects to ensure that applicable federal laws and regulations protecting humans who volunteer to serve as research participants. APSU policy requires all research protocols involving human subjects to be reviewed whether or not such research is considered exempt under federal regulations. No research at Austin Peay is exempt from the review and approval policies and procedures.  

      Members of the board are appointed for three-year renewable terms. There are no limits on reappointment.

If you have questions, concerns, or would like more information about the Institutional Review Board, please contact:  

                               Jonniann Butterfield