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Institutional Review Board Policy - 61.17

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The Howard Community College (HCC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides oversight of all scholarly research activities involving living human subjects to ensure that ethical standards are followed and that the rights, welfare, and well-being of participants are protected as outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR Part 46, subparts A - D) for the protection of human subjects in biomedical and social behavioral research, and in accordance with institutional policy and procedures. This includes any research, involving living human subjects, conducted under the auspices of HCC in which the principal investigator intends to present or publish findings outside of HCC to contribute to a larger body of generalizable knowledge. This policy does not apply to the routine assessment work conducted within a class or program, unless the intent is to publish findings from that assessment to a broader audience beyond HCC.

HCC’s 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 may volunteer to participate in research after agreeing to participate by signing a legally effective informed consent form; and that any research is conducted in an ethical manner and in compliance with established standards. HCC employees, as well as individuals external to HCC, who are conducting research involving HCC faculty, students, or staff, must submit an application to the college's IRB if they are obtaining information about living humans, interacting or intervening with humans, or are supported by federal funding. Research involving human subjects must be submitted through an application process and be approved by the IRB before the research can begin. Any changes to formerly approved research protocols need to be reviewed by the IRB before they can be implemented. All researchers involved with a proposed study must complete trainings on the use of human subjects in research prior to conducting their study, and provide that documentation with their application. . Research that continues after a year needs to submit an application for renewal two months prior to the annual expiration date of the IRB approval.

Effective Date: 12/11/20

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