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SMU is one of a few universities in the nation to include a voting student member on its Board of Trustees.

Full Committee Review

A review by the full Human Subjects Committee is required when:

  • projects involve minors (except where standardized or education tests only are being administered);
  • more than minimal risk to subjects is involved;
  • subjects are mentally and/or physically challenged;
  • prisoners as subjects;
  • or research is of a controversial nature.

Determination of whether a full committee review is needed is made after an application has been received and reviewed. This process may require 4 or more weeks. Generally, the Principal Invesitgator (PI) will be invited to attend the regular meeting of the IRB Committee when the application is discussed.