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Human Subjects Research Guide for UT Library Faculty: DRC Home

If you are using human subjects, you need to submit your research using the appropriate form to the Library Departmental Review Committee (DRC). Resources on this page will help you through the process, save time, and increase the quality of the results.

STOP! Does Your Work Require IRB Approval?


When does my work require IRB approval?  

The PDF document (below) and FAQ link will help researchers decide whether or not they are required to engage in the IRB application submission process.  Please contact the DRC Chair with any questions.

Library Human Subjects Departmental Review Committee (DRC)

Library Human Subjects Departmental Review Committee (DRC)

Robin Bedenbaugh, Chair, (2019-2022); David Ratledge, member, (2018-2021); Chris Eaker, member, (2020-2023)

IRB Chair beginning July 2014--Colleen Gilrane, College of Education.

"It is the responsibility of the DRC to review all research projects involving human participants initiated by Libraries' faculty and staff for compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical provisions for the protection of the rights of human subjects. Applicable ethical standards include principles of the Belmont Report and codes of professional ethics governing the discipline(s) involved."  (lines 509-514 of the "Guide").   In addition, the DRC provides advice and support in navigating the university regulations & policies.

For complete university regulations, policies, and forms, see