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Encouraging Academic Honesty: Berg IRB

Resources for faculty and students on academic honesty . Includes information on Plagiarism, citing sources, and the Heidelberg IRB office

What are IRBs and what do they have to do with Academic Honesty

An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a federally-mandated, locally constituted review body designed to protect the rights and well-being of human subjects who participate research.

The purpose of IRB review is to assure, both in advance and by periodic review, that appropriate steps are taken to protect the rights and welfare of humans participating as subjects in the research. To accomplish this purpose, IRBs use a group process to review research protocols and related materials (e.g., informed consent documents and investigator brochures) to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of human subjects of research. (

As Heidelberg University values and supports campus integrity and welfare, Academic Honesty ties directly in to all aspects of the Academic and educational process, not following the IRB guidelines when performing research or adhering to the research process can result in including data falsification or fabrication or misrepresenting one's academic accomplishments/credentials.

Following IRB protocols is therefore a matter of academic integrity and honesty.

Berg IRB

The Heidelberg Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for all human subjects research projects and projects must be reviewed by the IRB before the study begins. See these selections from the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR Part 46 : PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS) for general information about the role of Institutional Review Boards.

Who they are


  • Dr. Sarah Lazzari - Assistant Professor of Criminology & IRB Chairperson
  • Dr. Morgan Kocher - Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
  • Dr. Robert Oates - Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
  • Ms. Charlene Pope - Outside of Heidelberg University IRB reviewer for the Full review