Research Policy

As a component of the University of Pennsylvania, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Center recognizes the importance of research to expand knowledge. The Center is committed to protecting human subjects engaged in research conducted or supported by the University and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.


Prior to initiating any research on human subjects at or associated with the LGBT Center, investigators must first obtain the approval of one of the University IRBs through their established policies and procedures. Only research approved by Penn's IRB and the Center's professional staff will be permitted on-site. The exception is if it is a Penn student-based research practicum or directed/independent research project.  To clarify if you qualify for this exception, please see the IRB guidelines. Off-site research soliciting participants via e-mail must also have IRB approval from the researcher's home institution.


For more information on Penn's research policies please go to the IRB web site.


To initiate any research involving the Center or if you have questions, please contact Erin.