ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY TYPE: ADMINISTRATION
Fox Valley Technical College’s Institutional Review Board reviews research proposals to be conducted at the college by faculty, staff, or by external requestors in order to insure that all required safeguards of the rights of research participants are met. This review is intended to minimize the risk of negative consequences to participants and reduce any potential liability incurred by the researcher or the college. All studies must be mindful of the rights of individuals and be conducted according to standards established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in 45 CFR 46.
POLICY TITLE: Research Proposal Review
Research includes any activity that obtains generalizable data or obtains data for any purpose other than measurement of student performance for the student’s benefit. Examples of research that might require review for human subject compliance include:
- Activities intended to provide material for presenting at a professional meeting or conference
- Activities that provide a benefit to the instructor that is independent of the interests of the student, such as gathering data for use in a paper or thesis
- Activities conducted at the request of a third party in exchange for some compensation, monetary, service or otherwise.
Failure to obtain Institutional Review Board approval prior to undertaking any research activity is a violation of FVTC policy and, in most cases, will release FVTC from any indirect liability otherwise incurred. In these cases, the researcher would be solely responsible for any liability.
The FVTC Institutional Review Board, chaired by the Director of College Effectiveness, has a minimum of five members who have background in academic research, preferably at the doctoral level. The review of proposed research requires the researcher to provide evidence of:
- Departmental/division leadership approval where staff and or students will be the focus of the proposed research including:
- Identification of commitment of time or other resources
- The extent to which the research activity interrupts the teaching/learning/working environment of the college
- Research review including protection of human subjects by the researcher’s institution of higher learning IRB
- Informed consent of human subjects for non-exempt areas
- Protection of confidentiality for research participants to assure that individual student or staff information cannot be identified and is destroyed upon completed of the research.
Questions and assistance regarding proposed research can be directed to the Director of College Effectiveness.