Research & Sponsored Programs

Human Subjects Protection

The USD Office of Human Subjects Protection is dedicated to ensuring the rights, privacy, welfare, and safety of human subjects participating in research under the auspices of USD.  All human subjects research at USD, whether funded externally or not, must be in compliance with federal regulations.

The University of South Dakota Institutional Review Board (IRB) is proud to be the academic affiliate IRB for: ­Veterans Administration, Black Hills Health Care System, Rapid City, SD ­Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital and Regional Office Center, Sioux Falls, SD­Veterans Administration Medical Center, Fargo, ND. 

Oversight of the Office of Human Subjects Protection and its policies and procedures are under the direction of Ann Waterbury.  If you have questions about the OHSP or IRBs day to day operations please contact Ann Waterbury, Director at (605) 677-6184, or e-mail

Beyond Regulation

AAHRPP accredited since 2005 AAHRPP accredits organizations that  demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. The USD Human Subjects Protection Program has maintained full AAHRPP accreditation since 2005.