Institutional Review Boards and Research Ethics
Explanation of Review Categories
What’s an IRB?
An IRB or Institutional Review Board is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the institution with which it is affiliated.
Why have an IRB?
Establishment of an IRB provides the opportunity to formalize protection of the rights and welfare of those who volunteer to participate in research at Presbyterian College. The IRB also provides an avenue to evaluate research conducted on our campus by other institutions or individuals. And finally, IRBs are required for institutions that receive federal funding for research and other purposes.
PC’s IRB Policy
Presbyterian college requires IRB review and approval of all activities which involve using human subjects in research. Approval of the IRB must be obtained prior to involvement of human subjects. Failure to have human subjects research reviewed by the IRB, including those protocols believed to be exempt, is in violation of College policy and will be reported to the Provost of Arts and Sciences. Possible sanctions include loss of faculty development funding, participation in the Summer Fellows program, and/or other research grant opportunities. Disciplinary action is ultimately at the discretion of the Provost of Arts and Sciences. In general, IRB approval is valid for a period of one year from the date that the approval is issued. If your research project extends for more than one year, you will need to apply for an extension.
Presbyterian college requires that all individuals involved in research involving human subjects obtain certification of training through the Collaborative Institutional Research Initiative (CITI) program. CITI training must be completed by all investigators listed in the IRB proposal before the IRB committee will provide final approval of the proposed research involving human subjects. All faculty, staff, and students involved in research including human subjects should complete CITI training prior to initiating any work on the project. For instructions on CITI training, refer to the link below.