Institutional Review Board

Capitol Technology University is committed to ensuring that all human subject research in which it is engaged is conducted in accordance with the ethical principles outlined by the U.S. Office for Human Research Protections. To this effect, an Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been formally designated to review and monitor research involving human subjects.

Three fundamental principles of the Belmont Report include:

Respect for Persons.
Individuals should be treated as autonomous agents afforded the right to make decisions for themselves and enrolled under the conditions of informed consent. Those with diminished autonomy (e.g. minors, prisoners, persons who are mentally disabled) are entitled to additional protections.

The research study must be designed and implemented to maximize possible benefits and minimize possible harms. Application of this principle involves a risk/benefit analysis in which the risks to subjects must be reasonable compared to the potential for benefit either to subjects directly or to society.

The possibility for benefits and the potential burdens of the research should be equitably distributed among the potential research subjects. Application of this principle requires scrutiny of the enrollment process to ensure that underserved classes are not selected for their compromised position or convenience to the research investigator.