Chadron State College is committed to the standards of quality of research involving human participants, and the ethical principles therefore appropriate. The College subscribes to the principles set forth in the Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (the “Belmont Report ”). The Belmont Report provides for respect for the dignity and integrity of the persons being studied, including their right not to be the subjected to potentially harmful research http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/belmont.html
Chadron State College believes that full compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, Part 46 is fundamental to our self-imposed commitment to maintain and uphold the highest standards of ethical research are maintained and upheld. Potential research participants should be provided the opportunity to decide freely and without coercion whether to participate in a study and research procedures should minimize the risk of harm and maximize the possible benefits to the participant and to society. Researchers who promise confidentiality are responsible for maintaining it, and for informing participants of the limits of their capacity to meet that responsibility. Researchers must exercise special care when the research participants are especially vulnerable to harm because they cannot understand the risks or because they are not in a position to refuse their participation. (Federal Regulation Title 45 Part 46 can be found at http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html )
The IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that involve either human or animal subjects, as specified by both federal regulations and Chadron State College policy. Further, the IRB must annually review continuing research covered by IRB review to ensure accordance with the Policies and to evaluate the participants’ potential benefit and harm.
Research approved by the IRB may be subject to further appropriate review and approval or disapproval by the College President. The President may not approve research unless the IRB also approves the research as being in compliance with federal standards.
Chadron State College Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews all proposed research involving human participants (subjects) to ensure that the rights and welfare of the participants are protected. By law, the IRB has the authority to approve, require modifications in, or disapprove all research activities that involve human participants.
Investigative activities covered by the IRB include:
Approval of research involving human participants is required prior to research initiation, regardless of funding status or sponsorship. The review procedures proscribed below are not intended to be a barrier to research, but rather are intended to facilitate ethical study and to ensure compliance with federal regulation and community standards.
Student research projects must be sponsored by a CSC faculty or professional staff member, who shall serve as the principal investigator of the project. The sponsor must be familiar with the student and the proposal protocol, and accept responsibility to oversee the research within IRB standards.