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We foster a research environment that promotes the respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research conducted by or under the auspices of WVU. 

WVU Office of Human Research Protections

Human subject research at WVU is guided by the principles (i.e., respect for persons, beneficence, and justice) outlined in the Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (often referred to as the Belmont Report). WVU conforms to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations related to human subject research. The WVU Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) within Research Compliance Administration (RCA) is the institution’s compliance organization for human subject research. WVU OHRP manages the human research protection program for the institution.

WVU OHRP and WVU IRBs operate under the WVU human research protection program.


  • To safeguard and promote the health and welfare of human research subjects by ensuring that their rights, safety, and well-being are protected;
  • To provide timely and high-quality education, review and monitoring of human research projects; and
  • To facilitate excellence in human subjects research.

WVU Institutional Review Boards

OHRP facilitates the review process for the WVU IRBs, which work to ensure that human subject research at WVU is appropriate and conforms to federal regulations. 

Institutional Authority

The WVU human research protection program operates under the authority of WVU Policy- HRRP Institutional Authority Letter (PDF).

Institutional Official

Institutional responsibility for the WVU human research protection program is the Vice President for Research, Dr. Fred L. King.