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Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects in Research -
Vice President for Research

IRB 2 (Social and Behavioral Emphasis)

The IRB 2 protects the rights and welfare of human research participants in social and behavioral research.  These actions are conducted in accordance with Auburn University’s Federal Wide Assurance and all applicable federal, state, local and institutional regulations, policies, and ethical research principles. The IRB 2 is charged with the responsibility to review, approve, require revisions (to secure approval), disapprove, and monitor all social and behavioral research involving humans conducted on or by Auburn University faculty staff, or students.  The IRB 2 may suspend or terminate research that has been associated with serious harm to subjects or for non-compliance with federal or , state regulations or institutional policies.  The IRB 2, along with other components of the Human Research Protection Program, develop policy, procedures, and guidelines for Auburn University which are consistent with external regulations, laws, and guidance and reports non-compliance and adverse events to appropriate federal agencies and sponsoring entities. This committee meets and conducts activities 12 months per year.


At least 4 faculty whose primary concern are from disciplines typically involved in Social and Behavioral Human Subject Research.

Ex Officio

AU General Counsel
Director, Research Compliance -  non-voting

Prisoner Representative

At least 1 member qualifying as a prisoner representative.


At least 1 member from the community who, along with their immediate family, has no current affiliation with Auburn University


Alternate members may be designated in accordance with federal regulatory requirements and in the same manner as the member for which they are assigned as an alternate.


Continuing/Ex Officio, Prisoner Representative, and Community members are recommended by the Institutional Official – Vice President for Research, after consultation with the IRB 2 Chair.  All members are appointed by the President unless designated in writing to the Institutional Official – Vice President for Research.

All members except for continuing members serve 3-year terms and may be renewed for IRB Service if requested by an IRB Chair and approved by the Institutional Official – Vice President for Research.

Membership vacancies shall be filled for compliance with applicable regulations and guidance, and to the extent possible, with qualified individuals having similar backgrounds and experiences.

Chair of the committee shall be a faculty member with experience conducting social and behavioral human research and have a minimum 2 years of experience serving on an IRB that reviews social and behavioral research. Certified IRB Professional is preferred.

Member roles and responsibilities are established by the Institutional Official – Vice President for Research.  Members are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.  Membership may be terminated for violation of the agreement or failure to meet the roles and responsibilities of membership.


A minimum of 5 members with varying backgrounds to review research activities commonly conducted by the institution.

Consideration for committee composition should be given to the following:  experience, expertise, diversity (race, culture, gender), community attitudes, institutional commitments, regulations, laws, and standards of professional conduct.

At least 1 member whose primary concern is in a scientific area.

At least 1 member whose primary concern is in a non-scientific area.

At least 1 member not otherwise affiliated with the institution (i.e. community member).

Consideration of 1 or more individuals knowledgeable about and experienced with subjects which are a considered part of a vulnerable category if the IRB regularly reviews research involving such subjects.



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