The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for the ethical conduct of the research and the professional conduct of the participating research teams. The PI, who must be a full-time CSC faculty or professional staff member, ensures that the appropriate materials and forms are submitted for IRB review prior to initiation of the research. In addition to the nine key obligations presented in the above section, the PI also ensures the following:
When research involving human participants is conducted by undergraduate or graduate students as part of a course assignment or thesis project, the instructor of the class or the student’s major professor shall serve as the PI, and the PI will assume responsibility for ensuring that the research is reviewed and conducted in accord with Chadron State College’s IRB policies and professional ethics.
The National Institute of Health now requires all investigators in research engaging human particpants to complete educational training on the protection of human research participants. To comply with federal requirements and standard 'best practice' in the field, this training is required for all individuals identified as "key personnel" in the proposal and who are involved with the human participants portion of the project. Online training on ethical issues involving human subject research is available from the Office of Human Subjects Research at the National Institutes for Health (http://phrp/nihtraining.com/users/login.php). This one-hour tutorial will generate a certificate of completion of the training. A copy of the certificate for all investigators is required with submission of materials for IRB review. The only exception to this will be for surveys conducted to improve program service as a part of the CSC assessment process that fully comply with the ‘administratively-reviewed exempt certification’ category below.
All faculty and staff who will be conducting research using humans or animals as research participants must complete the following:
Cooperative Research: Research involving collaborative institutions require that both institutions assume responsibility for safeguarding the rights and welfare of human participants. Thus, both Chadron State College and the cooperating institution must independently evaluate the research plan to determine that both federal and institutional policies are being followed.
All research involving human participants is required to have at least an annual progress evaluation. If the research involves extreme risk to participants, the IRB may require more frequent evaluations. The Principal Investigator is responsible for submitting required reviews and updates to the IRB.
Confidentiality: If a researcher discovers, through the process of conducting his/her research, that the participant poses a risk to self or others, evidence of child abuse, or the presence of infectious diseases required for report to local health authorities, the Principal Investigator is required to report these findings immediately to the IRB Chair and to the local police.
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