Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Lindsey Wilson College is committed to following high ethical
standards in fulfilling its mission of teaching, research, and
public service. This commitment is safeguarded by the Institutional
Review Board (IRB). The IRB reviews the ethical suitability of all
projects (research, simulation, or training) involving human
subjects as participants. The following guidelines and ethical
principles apply to the IRB in its review of the projects:
- All activities involving humans in research, training, and
simulation must provide for the safety, health, and welfare of
every individual. Rights, including the right to privacy, must not
be unduly infringed.
- The direct or potential benefits to the subject and/or the
importance of the knowledge gained must outweigh the inherent risks
to the individual.
- Participation in projects must be voluntary. Informed consent
must be obtained from all subjects, unless this requirement is
waived by the IRB.
- An individual has the right to withdraw from a project at any
time or may refuse to participate without loss of benefits to which
he/she would be otherwise entitled. In case of a class requirement,
this restriction may be waived.
- Maintaining confidentiality of information gained about an
individual during a project is a primary responsibility of the
Research proposals may be divided into two categories for
purposes of the protection of human subjects policy: Exempt and
Non-Exempt. The determination of whether a study involving
human subjects is exempt or non-exempt is made by the
- Research involving the collection or study of existing data,
documents, or records if these sources are publicly available or if
the information is recorded by the investigator in such a manner
that subjects cannot be identified directly or through identifiers
linked to the subjects.
- Research and demonstration projects that are designed to study,
evaluate, or otherwise examine:
- Public benefit or service programs
- Procedures for obtaining benefits or services to those under
- Possible changes in methods or levels of payments for benefits
or services under these programs
conducted in established educational settings, involving normal
educational practices, such as:
- Research in regular and special educational
instruction strategies, or
- Research on the effectiveness of the
comparison among instructional techniques, curricula,
or classroom management methods.
that involves the use of educational tests (cognitive, aptitude,
achievement), surveys, interview
observations of public behavior UNLESS
- The information is recorded in such a way that human subjects
can be identified directly or through identifiers linked to
- Any disclosure of the human subject's responses outside the
research could reasonably place the subject at risk of criminal or
civil liability or be damaging to the subject's financial standing,
employability, or reputation.
Application for the Conduct of a
Study Involving Human Subjects, Institutional Review Board.
The format of this form constitutes information about the research
project that will be necessary for the IRB to make an informed
decision. The Principal investigator will sign the form. Student
projects should be co-signed by the appropriate faculty sponsor
Informed Consent Forms. Written informed consent must be
obtained from each subject who is legally, mentally, and
physically able to provide it. For subjects who are not able to
provide informed consent themselves, written informed consent must
be obtained from others (e.g., parents, guardians). The student
should provide two copies of the consent form, one for the subject,
parent, or guardian to sign and return and the other for him/her to
keep. A completed copy of the consent form for each human subject
must accompany the Application.
Information on membership and guidelines for submitting
proposals are available from the Academic Affairs Office, in
computerized Faculty Forms folders, and the Faculty Handbook.