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Institutional Review Board

Irvine Valley College is committed to protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of all persons who participate as subjects in research projects conducted under its auspices, and to ensuring that the subjects of such research are fully aware of their rights and of the protections available to them.

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with this task, and is guided in its work by the Federal Regulations on human subjects research adopted by seventeen federal agencies, and known as the Common Rule.

Steps to Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval:

  1. Submit an IVC IRB Application. Review the application carefully to ensure that all sections are complete and that all required attachments are included (note: you will need to provide a bio-sketch to illustrate your qualifications and experience that demonstrate you are fit to conduct the research activities in your proposal).  
  2. You will be notified via email if any documents are missing. The check boxes indicating "Expedited" , "Exempt" , "Full Board" require you to examine pages 6-12 in Irvine Valley College's IRB Standard Operating Procedures (extracted here). Do not worry if you are uncertain, the IRB will make the final call.

  3. Register for CITI training. Note, Irvine Valley College has a hosted site. The IRB administrator will assign you training ONLY after you are registered. Incomplete training will not be considered for review beyond initial screening. This means your study will not be approved unless you complete the training.
  4. Wait for your protocol review #. Your study proposal will be assigned a protocol number. Save this for your records.
  5. Wait for information about your study and its level of review required from the IRB Chair. You may need to provide additional information to the IRB at any point in time. This includes before, during and after your study is: submitted, in process, approved, approved subject to restrictions, tabled, or disapproved.

For more information, please review the Institutional Review Board Charter and Standard Operating Procedures.