Marshall University is committed to ensuring our research is conducted ethically. To reach this goal, students must complete two requirements before embarking on a thesis or dissertation:
All Marshall University theses/dissertations that involve human subject research are subject to the Code of Federal Regulations 45CFR46. The conduct of human subject research for a thesis/dissertation without approval from the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) results in a violation of those federal regulations. Marshall University has agreed to abide by all regulations regarding human subject research. This includes all research done on behalf of the university, including theses and dissertations.
Consequently, all ETD students must contact the ORI before starting any research project. To do this, send a copy of the abstract in an email to Bruce Day, the Director of ORI.
Every thesis/dissertation must include a letter indicating approval of the project. You will either have an IRB approval letter or a letter from the Director of ORI stating that your thesis/dissertation does not involve human subject research. Include this letter in Appendix A of your thesis. A thesis/dissertation without this letter will not be accepted for review.