UTC Institutional Review Board

For the Protection of Human Research Subjects 

The UTC Institutional Review Board (IRB) is guided by the ethical principles regarding all research involving humans as subjects. The mission of the IRB is to ensure that vital research of the University can be conducted in full compliance with both the letter and the spirit of regulations designed to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects. The IRB also monitors research to ensure that human subjects are protected from undue risk and from deprivation of personal rights and dignity. This protection is assured by consideration of three principles that are the basis of ethical research: 

  1. Voluntary participation by the subjects, indicated by free and informed consent, is assured.

  2. An appropriate balance exists between potential benefits of the research to the subject or to society and the risks assumed by the subject.

  3. There be fair procedures and outcomes in the selection of research subjects.


In accordance with the Multiple Project Assurance on file with the Department of Health and Human Services, the Institutional Review Board at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga must review and approve all research involving human subjects. The Federalwide Assurance ID is FWA00004149.

Click below for the full UTC IRB Policy (download for best viewing experience):

UTC IRB Policy


For additional information such as submission procedures, review status, and other general inquiries contact instrb@utc.edu. If you have been assigned an IRB number, please use it on all correspondence.