Institutional Review Board

If you intend to submit a proposal for research that will involve human subjects, your plan for managing the human subjects' aspect of your project must be approved by the College's Institutional Review Board (IRB).

When applying for IRB review, please note that there are two separate tracks you can follow to get IRB approval and/or notify the IRB depending on whether your research fits the technical definition of research as spelled out in federal code 45cfr46 (click here to read 45cfr46). To begin the IRB approval process, please decide which track best describes your research.

Track 1 (T1) is intended for people doing research with human subjects that will be disseminated outside of the class setting (via a public talk, publication, etc.).  

Track 2 (T2) is for people doing research with human subjects in the context of a class and the results will NOT be disseminated outside of the class setting.

The table below outlines the steps you will need to take for each track.

When applying for IRB review, make sure to follow these steps:

T1 -  Research that will be disseminated

 

T2 -  Class-based research that will not be disseminated

  1. Do not begin research on human subjects without IRB approval.
  2. Contact IRB members prior to submission of your application materials.
  3. Complete the IRB Exemption Application Form.
  4. Submit all of these required IRB materials to linda.eliason@rocky.edu at least 14 days in advance
    of research you plan to do:
 
  1. Please submit materials listed below prior to beginning research. 
  2. Contact IRB members prior to submission of your application materials.
  3. Complete the T2 IRB Form found on this page
  4. Submit all of these required IRB materials to linda.eliason@rocky.edu at least 2 days in advance of research  you plan to do:

The RMC IRB Committee consists of Luke Ward - Chair, Nich Plunkey, Derek Sjostrom, Julie Beicken, and Sara Young.

Please email Dr. Luke Ward at lucas.ward@rocky.edu if you have questions about the IRB process.

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