The role of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to ensure ethical treatment of human subjects in research.
The IRB is an administrative body established by the shared governance system at Adrian College. It implements the Code of Federal Regulations established by the Office of Health and Human Services which provides guidelines in protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects in research. The federal regulations guiding IRB policy can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html. The IRB is assigned the task of providing information and establishing policies and procedures necessary to ensure that human subjects participating in research conducted by Adrian College faculty, staff and students are protected from undo harm.
The IRB at Adrian College
All human subjects research carried out by Adrian College faculty, staff and students must be carried out in accordance with IRB policies. There are three categories of human subjects research:
Before data collection begins on a project involving human subjects, the IRB must review proposed methods and procedures that will be used. This includes:
- Faculty research
- Senior capstones
- Research conducted outside the classroom such as independent or individualized studies
- Class projects that serve as pilot studies, or will be presented outside the classroom
After approval of the project, data can be collected for one year, renewable. Once a project is started, procedures should not be modified. If changes are necessary, an amendment must be filed with changes.
Training & Certification
Each Investigator and co-investigator should complete this on-line training program concerning ethics in research: http://phrp.nihtraining.com/users/login.php. Include documentation of completion with each application.
Each application may be read by the IRB Chair, reviewed by select members of the committee or discussed in a full committee. Questions about the process should be directed to the IRB Chair.
Applications are due by 5:00pm on the due date. Due dates are on the 15th of each month: September, October and November during the fall semester and February, March and April during the spring semester. If the 15th is on a weekend or during break, applications will be due by 5:00 p.m. the next business day.
Members of the IRB
- Suzanne Helfer, Chair
- Tina Claiborne
- Monica McCullough
- Christina Mirtes
- Janet Pietrowski
- James Spence
- Melissa Freshcorn