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Purpose of the MCCC IRB

The purpose of Monroe County Community College’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the welfare of human subjects used in research.

The basic principles of the MCCC IRB are as follows:

A. The basic principles that govern the IRB in assuring that the rights and welfare of subjects are protected are contained in Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research (“The Belmont Report”), and The National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, April 18, 1979 [see www.hhs.gov/ohrp/regulations-and-policy/belmont-report/].

B. Therefore, the following principles apply to all research, including student projects, involving human subjects at Monroe County Community College to ensure that adequate safeguards are provided:

1. Subjects’ legal rights will be respected; their rights to privacy, dignity, and comfort will also be considered in approving proposed research.

2. Risks to subjects must be reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits, if any, to subjects, and to the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result.

3. Adequate provision(s) must be made for all facilities, procedures, and professional attention necessary for the protection of the individual as a research subject.

4. Adequate provisions should be made for recruiting a subject population that is representative of the population base in terms of gender and minority representation unless scientifically justified.

5. Research involving human subjects must be supervised by qualified persons, including health care professionals for medical research.

6. Participation of a human subject in research must be voluntary and the right to withdraw at any time must be provided.  Information provided to gain subject consent must be adequate, appropriate, and presented in lay language appropriate to the subject population.

7. All research programs that involve human subjects must be reviewed by and must receive approval of a formally constituted review prior to their initiation or prior to initiating any changes to the protocol.  Continuing research programs are subject to periodic review, to be carried out no less often than once a year.”


 

 

  Quri Wygonik
Coordinator of Research, Evaluation & Assessment
P: 734-384-4237
F: 734-384-4211