Snow College adheres to federal regulations regarding research involving human participants.
The information outlined in this document is intended to protect the rights, well-being,
and personal privacy of individuals, and to assure a favorable climate for the conduct
of scientific inquiry at Snow College.
Snow College’s IRB is guided by ethical principles regarding research involving human participants as presented in the “Belmont Report”. Snow College acknowledges three guiding principles relevant to human participant research: respect for persons, beneficence (the minimization of harms and maximization of benefits), and justice. Snow College IRB accepts the responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human research participants.
The following policies and procedures apply to all research involving human participants performed by Snow College faculty, students, or staff under College auspices, whether carried out using College resources or with assistance from external funding sources. Research is considered to be under College auspices if it involves one or more of the following:
The research is sponsored by the College.
The research is conducted by, or under the direction of, any employee or agent of the College in connection with her or her employment with the institution, including the use of institutional letterhead.
The research is conducted by, or under the direction of, any employee or agent of the College using any property or facility of the institution.
The research involves the use of this institution’s non-public information to identify or contact human research participants or prospective participants.
The following activities, through research, do not require full submission to the IRB for approval:
1. Archival Research: Research using existing data, documents, records, or specimens as long as one of the following conditions is met:
2. Observational Research: Observational or descriptive research of public behavior, as long as both of the following conditions are met:
3. Research on Normal Educational Practices Within the Investigator's own Classes: Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings on such practices as
4. Research for Internal Agency Use: Research done by or at the request of an internal agency for their own use, and which is not intended to contribute to generalizable knowledge (i.e. knowledge shared by professionals in a given field which is designed to contribute to that field).
It is not the responsibility of the investigator to determine whether or not his or her research needs to be submitted for IRB approval. All research at Snow College must follow IRB guidelines and may include submitting an IRB Exemption Form.
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