Kean University’s practices and policies in support of research firmly uphold the highest standards of ethics and integrity and comply with all federal regulations and guidelines. All faculty, students, and employees who conduct research involving human subjects must comply with University Policy and Procedures for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research.

External Researchers

It is the policy of the Kean University Institutional Review Board (IRB) that any external researcher must demonstrate that they have obtained IRB approval at their host institution or the institution of origin for the research project in question prior to obtaining approval from the Kean IRB.  In order to obtain Kean IRB approval, external researchers must get a Kean full-time faculty member to sponsor their project. Sponsorship in this instance will consist of the Kean faculty member serving as either the faculty sponsor (if the external researcher is a undergraduate or graduate student at another academic institution) or as the co-PI (if the external researcher is a fellow-faculty member or a post-doc).

For this policy, external researchers refer to those researchers who come from institutions other than Kean University.  All external researchers will have to submit an application to the Kean Institutional Review Board.

External researchers must also complete the NIH sponsored tutorial on human participant protections or the CITI training program and submit proof of completion (the NIH course provides a certificate upon completion; the CITI course sends an electronic acknowledgement of completion) with their application.

Participant Payments

It is the policy of the Kean University Institutional Review Board (IRB) that payments to participants, in the form of cash, gift cards, or merchandise, are not allowed.  Participants may be entered into a lottery with other participants for the opportunity to win a single gift card, but directly rewarding participants for taking part in a research study will not be approved.

There are several reasons for this.  The most pertinent is the issue of coercion.  Giving money or a gift card of any value may create a situation where research participants feel influenced to participate when they really do not want to. Research participants should never feel the slightest bit of obligation to take part in a research study.