Roanoke College

Procedures

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IMPORTANT! Human subject research can begin only after the IRB approves the project or exempts it from further review.

The following procedures must be followed when conducting human subject research:

  1. Approval by a departmental human subject review panel.
    • It is the responsibility of each researcher--and each academic area, department, or discipline--to insure compliance of research proposal protocols to ethical standards of their discipline prior to submission of the proposal to the IRB.
    • Certification of compliance of the proposed research methodology to ethical standards will be attested to by the departmental human subject review panel chair's signature on a suitable place on the cover sheet of the application. 
  2. Complete an IRB Form and submit it to the IRB. Principal investigators of studies that are "exempt" from further review should receive a response from the IRB within 48 hours of submission of the completed form. If the IRB determines that an Expedited or Full review is necessary, the process may take longer (Expedited Review up to 7 days; Full Review up to 30 days).  
  3. The IRB will review submitted applications and notify applicants of its decisions via e-mail. If there are difficulties with the proposed research, the principal investigator may be asked to provide further information or to modify the methodology of the study.

Human subject research can begin only after the IRB approves the project or exempts it from further review.