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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.

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 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, ­Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital and Regional Office Center (Sioux Falls, SD­) and Veterans Administration Medical Center (Fargo, ND).

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Oversight of the Office of Human Subjects Protection and its policies and procedures are under the direction of Marc Guilford. If you have questions about the OHSP or IRBs please contact Marc Guilford, Director at (605) 658-3767, or e-mail