The role of the Davidson College Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (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 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. The review of a protocol application typically takes five to ten business days.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and 16 other federal departments and agencies, have issued a Final Rule to delay for an additional six months (January 21, 2019), while allowing the use of three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period.
The Davidson College IRB requires 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.