Federal law, based on the principles of an individual's rights to privacy and protection of citizens from harm by others, has led to rules about the conditions under which we may do research using human subjects. 

Carlow University has convened an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that each human subject's research is reviewed in advance by responsible, knowledgeable peers to protect these rights. Carlow University is committed to these laws based on moral, ethical, and legal grounds. All research that comes under the aegis of the university must meet the procedures established to ensure the privacy and protection of human subjects. These procedures are followed by faculty in their own research, and by students in any research they conduct regardless of where it is actually conducted.