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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Introduction

The federal government and University policy require the review of all research involving human subjects. The reviews are designed to safeguard research subjects' rights and welfare. Federal regulations give IRBs the responsibility to evaluate the risks of participation, to ask for modification of projects when risks can be reduced, and to assure that subjects give their informed consent to participate. The IRB's approval is not permanent and can be revoked. Continuing projects must be reviewed and approved at least annually. The IRB has the authority to suspend or terminate its approval if a project is not being conducted according to its approved protocol or has been associated with unexpected harms to subjects. The IRB must conduct a review even if there is "minimal risk" of harm to subjects to determine the nature of the review.

If you wish to conduct research involving human subjects, complete the IRB petition form. Submit the petition with copies of informed consent documents, survey instruments, if applicable, and debriefing instructions to irbpetition@wittenberg.edu.

For studies that may be considered exempt, the IRB will communicate to the investigator within four working days. In expedited reviews, in which there is minimal risk of harm, the investigator can expect to hear from the IRB within ten working days. For studies that require a full board review, the IRB will need twenty working days in order to complete the review. To avoid delays in implementing a study, Investigators need to seek IRB approval as soon as possible. Review Wittenberg's IRB policies below for more information on the IRB's procedures. The IRB review document will be provided to the Principle Investigator showing the documents that were reviewed, the type of review, and any questions or required revisions.

Wittenberg's IRB is registered with the US Department of Health and Human Services (IRB00010236 Wittenberg University IRB #1; IORG0008550)

Membership

  • Dr. Amil Anderson, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Dr. Nancy McHugh, Professor, Department of Philosophy
  • Dr. Michelle McWhorter, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Regina Post, Associate Professor, Department of Education
  • Dr. Beth Sorensen, Professor, Director of Nursing
  • Dr. Nancy Woehrle, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Kevin Ahern, Medical Director, Community Mercy Hospice (Community representative)
  • Dr. Darby Hiller, Ph.D. Political Science, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and Institutional Research (Chair of the IRB)

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

Process

Membership

  • Dr. Kathy Reinsal, Professor, Department of Biology
  • Dr. Cliff Brown, Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Richard Phillips, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Ms. Alyssa Tomcho ‘17 (Student representative)
  • Ms. Courtney Frock, (Community representative)
  • Dr. Brian Lokai, D.V.M. (Veterinarian)
  • Dr. Darby Hiller, Ph.D. Political Science, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and Institutional Research (Ex-officio member)

 

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