Research with Human Subjects


  • Please allow at least 2 weeks for protocols to be reviewed
  • During the months of August-September and February-March, expect a minimum processing time of 3 weeks


The Office of Research Compliance is responsible for implementing appropriate administrative oversight to assure that MTSU's policies and procedures designed for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects are effectively applied in compliance with its Federal Wide Assurance with the Office for Human Research Protections.

Institutional Review Board 

The IRB reviews all research regarding human subjects.

Guide for Research Participants

Provides potential human research subjects information regarding their rights as participants.

Research Investigator Responsibility

Provides information and guidelines for investigators involved in research.

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Federal Wide Assurance ("FWA")

The FWA is a contract or agreement that establishes standards for human subjects research as approved by the Office for Human Research Protections ("OHRP"). It is the policy of the Institutional Review Board ("IRB") of Middle Tennessee State University to uphold its Assurance as filed with the OHRP. The FWA number of MTSU is: 00005331.

If you have any questions, please email  Please call 615 898 2400 if you want to report an adverse event or to provide a tip on non-compliance or a violation of ethical practices.  You can also send your adverse event notification or non-compliance tip to and your your identity will be kept anonymous.


Office of Compliance
Sam H. Ingram Building (ING) Room 010A
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Tel: 615-898-2400
Box 124