Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a faculty committee at SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) that reviews and approves research involving human subjects. IRBs exist to help protect the rights and welfare of human subjects, including students, faculty, and staff. The IRB reviews all research involving human subjects conducted by SUNY Schenectady faculty, students, and staff, as well as research by outside investigators involving SUNY Schenectady students or personnel. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requires all colleges and universities to have IRBs in order to protect human participants involved in research. The SUNY Schenectady IRB adheres to federal and state regulations and accepted ethical principles. IRBs work with faculty, staff, and students to ensure that their research is conducted in accordance with the policies and regulations that relate to human subject research. Academic and cultural diversity of IRB members ensures that research proposals are given a thorough review by members with varying interests and research training.

SUNY Schenectady County Community College assures that all research involving human subjects conducted at SUNY Schenectady or by college faculty, staff, or students, will be conducted in accordance with the ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report, a National Research Act that was signed into law in 1974, thereby creating the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. Any member of the SUNY Schenectady community—including faculty, staff, or students—who conducts research involving human participants must receive approval before any data collection or interaction with potential research subjects begins.

The IRB strongly recommends that all researchers who conduct research on humans complete the free online training course on Protecting Human Research Participants offered by the National Institutes of Health.

Information and application forms are available in the sidebar. Before submitting an application for IRB review, please visit the relevant links listed in the sidebar for information about the types of review, the submission process, and other pertinent information.