The Fairmont State University IRB reviews research involving the use of human participants.
You should seek IRB research approval if you are an administrator, faculty, staff, or student who intends to conduct research that might be associated in any way with Fairmont State University or you intend to conduct research on any Fairmont State campus.
The definition of research is taken from the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45 Public Welfare part 46 Protection of Human Subjects 46.102.
Research means a systematic investigation, including research development, testing and evaluation, designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. Activities which meet this definition constitute research for purposes of this policy, whether or not they are conducted or supported under a program which is considered research for other purposes. For example, some demonstration and service programs may include research activities.
Interpretation of this definition was provided by the Director of the Division of Human Subject Protections.
An institution becomes "engaged" in human subjects research when its employees or agents1 (i) intervene or interact with living individuals for research purposes; or (ii) obtain individually identifiable private information for research purposes [45 CFR 46.102(d),(f)]. Please read the linked document for examples.