- What is the IRB?
- I think my project is exempt. Do I have to submit an IRB submission form?
- How does my project get submitted to the IRB?
- Does my project involve research and human participants?
- How long does the IRB process take?
- What may delay approval?
- How is the SDCC IRB committee different from other institutions?
Q. What is the IRB?
A. The IRB is a committee that exists to protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research studies. The San Diego Christian College IRB consists of faculty members from various departments, as well as one member from outside of traditional faculty, who review research proposals with the expressed purpose to ensure the privacy, anonymity, and above all, safety of research participants.
Q. I think my project is exempt. Do I have to submit an IRB submission form?
A. Yes!! All human participants research requires review. You will need the IRB if you are doing any research at San Diego Christian College involving human participants. If you are a student collecting data for a class project you will need to go through the IRB process before beginning your data collection.
Q. How does my project get submitted to the IRB?
A. Once your research proposal is completed, your research advisor/professor will submit your IRB Submission form, consent document, and brief proposal to the IRB electronically.
Q. Does my project involve research and human participants?
A. Research in which information is obtained about a person through survey, interview, observation or experimentation must be approved by the IRB in advance of initiating recruitment, data collection, and/or analysis.
Q. How long does the IRB process take?
A. Research reviewed by the convened committee occurs on the scheduled meeting dates for the academic semester. You will be notified by your research advisor within 1-2 weeks following the scheduled meeting date. Projects are reviewed in the order they are received.
Q. What may delay approval?
A. Failure to follow instructions provided in each section of the IRB Submission Form or submitting an inadequate consent document are common reasons for delay. During heavy submission times reviews may take longer, as protocols are reviewed in the order they are received.
Q. How is the SDCC IRB committee different from other institutions?
A. The primary purpose of the SDCC IRB is to protect human participants who are the focus of research. But the SDCC IRB Committee also provides methodological and conceptual feedback on research conducted by SDCC students.