Tusculum’s IRB reviews and promotes ethical research with human subjects.


Research is defined as a systematic investigation whose purpose is to contribute to generalizable knowledge. At Tusculum, research is not expected to expose subjects to any risk of physical danger or psychological distress other than what they would typically encounter as part of daily living. As such, the committee seeks to protect the health and welfare of human subjects involved in research conducted by or on faculty, staff, and student affiliated with Tusculum.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to become familiar with the Tusculum IRB Handbook available on this site as well as on Moodle under governance section.

All research done which utilizes the resources of Tusculum and/or will be presented as having been sanctioned by, sponsored by, or related to Tusculum must undergo review by the Institutional Review Board. Any researcher who wishes to use Tusculum faculty, staff, and/or students in a study, regardless of the researcher’s affiliation or lack thereof with Tusculum , must submit a proposal to the Tusculum IRB. While the board does not intend to micromanage research nor do they ensure specific research is valid and/or optimally constructed, the board is tasked with insuring that any research complies with government regulations and with standards of ethical research.

To this end, we ask that all persons who will be doing research at Tusculum file the Request for Review document templated on this page. Even if your research does not seem to involve human subjects, it is important that you file an exempt-type request as this gives a record that you

  1. Followed all protocols to ensure that the health and welfare of all human subjects was protected
  2. Did in fact have exempt status as final determination of status is determined solely by the Institutional Review Board

When you have completed all required documents, please submit your IRB Review Request to Dr. Robert Gall by email at