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Howard Community College (HCC) encourages and supports the assessment of learning outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness.  Pursuit of scholarly work and research may involve the use of human subjects for data collection and analysis.  HCC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research proposals to ensure that the rights and welfare of human subjects used in research studies are protected; that risks have been considered and minimized; that the potential for benefit has been identified and maximized; that all human subjects only volunteer to participate in research after being provided with legally effective informed consent; and that any research is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with established standards.  HCC employees, as well as investigators not associated with HCC who are conducting research involving HCC faculty, students, or staff, must submit their research proposal to the college's IRB if they are obtaining information about living humans, interacting or intervening with humans, or are supported by government funding. 

Policy Manual Review/Revision:  05/13/11