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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Research Involving Humans or Animals

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The thesis proposal or alternate plan paper may involve research involving human subjects. Such research must obtain approval from the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB). Please consult the IRB information available in the College of Graduate Studies and Research or on the web page. Students should allow extra time for review and approval by the IRB. Please note that although they may be similar in content, the IRB proposal and thesis proposal are two separate and distinct proposals.

Graduate students should review the Code of Ethics and/or Standards of Conduct developed by the professional organizations of their respective disciplines. All researchers are expected to be sensitive to and minimize the potential physical, social and psychological risks to human participants. Voluntary participation and informed consent are essential.

If a thesis or alternate plan paper involves the use of animals, the thesis proposal and appropriate protocol must be approved by the Minnesota State Mankato Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Students should allow extra time for this review. For more information, please contact the College of Graduate Studies and Research.

Violations of recognized research ethics may result in the rejection of a completed thesis. Appropriate, early review by the examining committee, the MSU Institutional Review Board and/or the MSU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee should prevent these problems.