All research involving human subjects at Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the protection of NACC’s students, faculty, administration, and staff. Review and approval are also required for research carried out by an institution other than Northeast Alabama Community College, but which is performed on the premises of Northeast Alabama Community College, even if the research has already been approved by the Institutional Review Board of a sponsoring institution.
The College’s IRB, whose goal is the safeguarding of the rights and welfare of individual research participants, is to provide an independent determination concerning whether research participants are placed at minimal risk or greater than minimal risk; and, if greater than minimal risk is involved, to assure that:
Research covered that has been approved by the IRB and the President of the college may be subject to further review by additional members of the senior administration of the College. However, those additional reviewers may not approve the research if it has not been approved by the IRB and the President or if written assurances have not been provided that it will be submitted for further review at the next scheduled IRB meeting.
IRB Approval- Approval means that the IRB has reviewed the research and that the research may be conducted at Northeast Alabama Community College within the policies and procedures outlined in this document and within the constraints of other institutional and federal requirements. IRB approval does not necessarily imply commendation for the research itself.
Procedures for Conducting Research at NACC: