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Human Research Protection Program

The HRPP staff will be out of the office on Wednesday March 29th and Thursday March 30th for a conference. The staff will not hold any office hours the week of March 27th. If you need assistance please contact the office by email to setup a meeting.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville fosters a research environment that promotes respect for the rights and welfare of individuals recruited for, or participating in, research conducted by or under the auspices of the university. In support of this, the university has established a Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). The HRPP, in partnership with its research community, is responsible for ensuring the ethical and equitable treatment of all human subjects in research conducted under the university’s auspices. Human Research Protection (HRPP) includes institutional leaders, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and staff.

HRPP Vision Statement

  • To ensure the rights and welfare of human research participants by promoting the responsible conduct of research and encouraging diversity and inclusion.
  • To facilitate excellence in research by using flexible and data-driven approaches in providing high-quality, comprehensive, and consistent reviews of research involving human subjects.
  • To act as an approachable body in facilitating communication with researchers by providing collaborative guidance and knowledgeable support on research involving human subjects.


Virtual Office Hours

To meet the needs of our faculty, staff, and student researchers while working remotely, IRB/HRPP Staff will be holding Virtual Office Hours on Zoom.


Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.—Jenny Dunn (Zoom link here)

Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.—Jennifer Engle (Zoom link here)

Thursdays from 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. p.m.—Rob Withrow (Zoom link here)

If these times do not work for you, please call or email us to schedule a time to meet.