This procedure regarding the use of human subjects in grant-funded research activities recognizes the institution's responsibility to comply with applicable Federal Regulations; protect the rights, well-being and personal privacy of individuals; assure a favorable climate for the conduct of academic-oriented inquiry; and protect the interests of the Community College of Beaver County.
Any principal investigator related to Community College of Beaver County (as defined below) who engages in scholarly research involving human subjects, either on- or off-campus, must apply to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval of the research. Such approval must be obtained before undertaking the research. Individuals who meet the definition of a "principal investigator" must apply for approval from Community College of Beaver County's Institutional Review Board even if their research has been approved by another institution's or organization's Institutional Review Board.
Under this procedure, the following individuals are considered to be principal investigators:
No grant-funded research activity involving human subjects shall be undertaken unless an Institutional Review Board has reviewed and approved such activity. This review shall determine whether the activity/research design will adequately protect the rights and welfare of such subjects.
Renewal petitions: Projects eligible for continued funding beyond the duration of the initial project award are subject to renewal application review. Projects for which scope of work or activities that involve human subjects change substantially during the project are also subject to renewal application review.
Minimum Risk Proposals - Expedited Review: Research activities which involve no more than minimal risk and in which the only involvement of human subjects as outlined below may be reviewed and approved the Institutional Review Board through its expedited review procedure. Under this procedure, the Institutional Review Board review may be carried out by the chairperson of the board, or, in the chairperson's absence, by a member of the board designated by the chairperson. In reviewing research under this procedure, the reviewer may not disapprove the research. A research activity can only be disapproved after review by the full Board.
The following activities shall be eligible for expedited review:
If, in the reviewer's judgment, the proposal goes beyond the criteria for expedited review, it shall be subject to full board review and approval. The chair shall provide to the Institutional Review Board summaries of research proposals certified through expedited review procedures and copies of review disposition letters to investigators.
All other cases require a full board review.
Institutional Review Board
The purpose of the Institutional Review Board is to conduct initial and continuing reviews of projects that involve the use of human subjects in accordance with the policy.
Review board will be composed of four members: the Executive Vice President and Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment, and two members of the faculty from different academic divisions of the College. The Executive Vice President and Provost will serve as chair.
In the event that a conflict of interest arises with a member of the Institutional Review Board related to a project under review, the member will not participate in the review process for that project.
The review board will be guided by and operate in compliance with applicable sections of Title 45, CFR, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects, June 23, 2005.
The Institutional Review Board will accept petitions for review from principal investigators at any time and will return decisions within twenty (20) working days. Decisions will be in writing. To be eligible for review, Petitions for Review will contain the following information:
The following types of projects are exempt from Institutional Review Board review: data gathered for the purposes of fundraising; market research for the purposes of admissions recruiting; recruiting efforts for faculty or staff; and statistical data collected for the management of institutional affairs, including surveys of students, prospective students, and alumni. Please note that a project that does not clearly fall into one of these categories should be brought to the IRB Chair for a determination of whether it is exempt. The determination as to whether a project is exempt from Board review cannot be made by the principal investigator(s) themselves.