The Institutional Review Board (IRB) has been in place since academic year 2005-06
to help ensure the College's compliance with Policy 320 regarding the Protection of Human Subjects.
The IRB considers requests from any individual interested in conducting research within
the LCC community involving human subjects, including surveys.
Please use the link below to access the application to have a project reviewed by
LCC's Institutional Review Board.
Projects done for class credit that involve conducting research on human subjects,
such as surveys or interviews, must seek approval from the IRB. Students must have
faculty approval to submit an IRB application.
Sometimes students feel like they need to create their own data for courses like statistics;
however, collecting your own data means you have to seek IRB approval (which can take
time and effort). There are lots of ways to gather data that don't require going to
the IRB. Here are a couple of suggestions.
People from outside LCC that seek to conduct research on any person or group within
the LCC community must seek IRB approval.
If you have received IRB approval from another entity, please include documentation
with your LCC application. You must still seek approval from LCC before proceeding
with your project.
LCC's Institutional Review Board is made up of representatives from institutional
research, faculty, classified staff, and exempt staff. The department head for institutional
research typically serves as chair.
LCC's review process is typically not lengthy, but please allow at least two weeks
before you plan to start on your project.
Projects that do not comply with federal laws and college policy regarding protecting
human subjects will not receive approval. For example, asking people to disclose illegal
activity (which is protected by federal law) or asking questions that could negatively
affect a person's mental state (such as asking them about past abuse or trauma) will
generally not be approved. LCC is a community college, not a research or medical university.
Other types of entities have access to resources to conduct those types of studies
that LCC just doesn't have.
Students and employees who violate LCC's Human Subject Protection policy, like other
college policies, are subject to disciplinary action.
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