The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews requests to conduct human subjects research at the college. Human subjects research includes surveys, tests, interviews, and archival research that involves BC students and/or staff. Research projects conducted as part of classes that is not intended for professional publication does not need IRB approval. The function of the IRB is to ensure that researchers treat human subjects according to the three guiding principles of The Belmont Report outlining the ethical principles and guidelines for the protection of human subjects of research.
Respect for persons: subjects have the right to decide whether or not to participate in research
Beneficence: research designs should minimize potential harm and maximize benefits
Justice: equity in selecting participants, especially in light of how stands to benefit from the research
If you are considering conducting human subjects research, please follow these steps:
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