The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to review proposed projects involving human subjects conducted by faculty, staff, and/or students at Coe College. The IRB’s mission is to protect the rights and safety of human research participants in accordance with federal guidelines while teaching, facilitating, and upholding ethical standards in research.
Federal regulations require that IRB approval (when needed) must be received before any data (or information) can be collected.
Generally, if the information collected is used ONLY for a class project that will NOT be presented anywhere else, IRB approval is NOT required.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY PROJECT NEEDS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE IRB?
If you answer YES to at least one question in Section I (Does my project involve human subjects? ) and at least one question in Section II (Does my project qualify as research? ) below, then the research must be submitted to the IRB for review. Please proceed to the IRB Moodle page or contact the IRB Chair Mike Baker (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further instructions.
SEC I. DOES MY PROJECT INVOLVE HUMAN SUBJECTS?
Will the information you collect…
- come from interactions with living people?
- ordinarily be considered private (e.g. personal beliefs)?
- come from observations in situations where people would reasonably expect privacy?
- lead directly or indirectly to the identification subjects?
SEC II. DOES MY PROJECT QUALIFY AS RESEARCH?
Will information from the study...
- be presented publicly (e.g., at a conference or to an organization)?
- be published or archived as a thesis, in a journal, or posted on the internet?
- be listed as a scholarly or scientific activity on your vita or resume?