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Human Subjects IRB

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

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.

Revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

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 (to January 21, 2019), the general compliance date for changes made to the revised Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, while allowing the use of three burden-reducing provisions during the delay period. 

Required Training

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.

Submitting a Protocol to the IRB

Does my project proposal need to be submitted to the IRB?

Is my project exempt or non-exempt?

Research Protocol Forms

IRB Application for Exempt Research (DOC)

Standard IRB Application for Non-Exempt Research (DOC)

Faculty Sponsor Assurance Form (DOC)

Sample Informed Consent/Assent Forms

Modification of an Approved Protocol and/or Continuing Review (Renewal) of an Approved Protocol (DOC)