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Human Subjects

Human Subjects Research

SUNY and the RF Best Practices: Research Involving Human Subjects

Effective Date: August 2013; released August 20, 2013

SUNY and the RF have jointly developed a Best Practice resource for human subject research. This resource,“Research Involving Human Subjects” and an animal subjects best practice titled “Animal Care and Use,” are products of the coordinated work of the SUNY Compliance Steering Committee.

The State University of New York (SUNY) fosters a research environment that promotes respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research conducted by, or under the auspices of, the Colleges and Universities in the SUNY System (“SUNY campuses”).

In the review and conduct of research, action by SUNY campuses will be guided by the principles (i.e., respect for persons, beneficence, and justice) set forth in the “Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research” (often termed the Belmont Report). The actions of SUNY campuses will also conform to all applicable, federal, state and local laws and regulations. As part of this commitment, SUNY and the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) share the obligation for the ethical conduct of activities involving human subjects.

Implementation of these best practices constitutes an important first step in achieving the ultimate goal of obtaining accreditation from an entity that accredits human research protection programs.

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The information contained on the SUNY Compliance website is for general campus guidance only and is not intended, nor can be relied upon, as legal advice or the imposition on SUNY campuses of specific policies or requirements. The site is intended to be an informational-only clearinghouse for some of the laws, rules, and regulations that may impact the State University of New York’s campuses. Additionally, given the rapid, changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be delays or omissions contained on this site which therefore cannot be relied upon as complete. For complete compliance information, consult your campus compliance officials. For legal advice, consult your lawyer.