Ensuring the ethical conduct of research and protecting human subjects is a shared endeavor. The Dartmouth College Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is responsible for the oversight of biomedical and social behavioral research involving human subjects. Our multi-institutional program for protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects is organized with the support of responsible stakeholders.

The HRPP forms a comprehensive human subject protection program ensuring adequate resources as well as appropriate scientific and ethical review of each research project is established prior to initiation and throughout the life of the study.

The Vice Provost for Research at Dartmouth College serves as the Institutional Official for carrying out the functions of the human research protections program. The Dartmouth College HRPP is composed of stakeholders from Dartmouth College which includes the College of Arts & Sciences; Geisel School of Medicine; Thayer School of Engineering; and the Tuck Business School.

The Dartmouth College HRPP fosters a research environment that promotes respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research. In the review and conduct of research, actions will be guided by the principles (i.e., respect for persons, beneficence, and justice) set forth in the Ethical Principles and guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research  (often referred to as the Belmont Report ). The actions of Dartmouth College HRPP will also conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

Components of the human research protection program include:

  • Researchers and research staff
  • Research Compliance Office / Conflict of Interest Committee
  • Office of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS)
  • Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
  • Dartmouth Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Dartmouth SYNERGY)
  • Privacy Officer (s) at the College
  • Legal Counsel (s) at the College
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS)
  • Technology Transfer Office (TTO)