The role of the Davidson College Human Subjects IRB is to assure that human research subjects are treated with dignity, respect and with due regard for their welfare. All research involving the use of human research subjects must be reviewed and approved by the Davidson IRB before the research can be initiated.
Research can begin after the IRB approves the project or exempts it from further review. A researcher may not self-determine that his or her own research project qualifies as exempt from IRB review. To avoid delay in the commencement of research and attendant problems, students in particular should plan to submit their protocol as early in the semester as possible.
Effective Aug. 1, 2015, Davidson College IRB will require all investigators (faculty, students and staff–anyone named as personnel on a new or existing non-exempt research project), and faculty serving as a faculty sponsor for student research projects, to complete training before conducting human subjects research.