All proposals will be submitted via e-Protocol:
Proposals will be turned in to the Department of Psychological Sciences Office (BP Building, 43-A).
The research proposal may be deemed exempt, expedited or be referred to the MCCCD IRB for full review. If the proposal is deemed exempt or approved, the primary investigator will be notified and the research may begin.
If the project is approved subject to restrictions, then the IRB will notify you of the necessary modifications via e-Protocol. If you are a student, the chair of the CRRC will inform you in writing regarding your project’s status.
The IRB and CRRC may conduct continuing review of research at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk but not less than once per year. The primary investigator will be notified of the continuing review status by receipt of a continuing review form which must be completed and returned to the CRRC Chair.
Under federal regulations, certain types of research are exempt from federal policy unless the appropriate federal agency heads have determined otherwise [see http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/humansubjects/guidance/45cfr46.html#46.101].
(1) Research conducted in established or commonly accepted educational settings, involving normal educational practices, such as (i) research on regular and special education instructional strategies, or (ii) research on the effectiveness of or the comparison among instructional techniques, curricula, or classroom management methods.
(2) Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures or observation of public behavior, unless: (i) information obtained is recorded in such a manner that human subjects can be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects; and (ii) any disclosure of the human subjects' responses outside the research could reasonably place the subjects at risk of criminal or civil liability or be damaging to the subjects' financial standing, employability, or reputation.
(3) Research involving the use of educational tests (cognitive, diagnostic, aptitude, achievement), survey procedures, interview procedures, or observation of public behavior that is not exempt under paragraph (2) of this section, if: (i) the human subjects are elected or appointed public officials or candidates for public office; or (ii) Federal statute(s) require(s) without exception that the confidentiality of the personally identifiable information will be maintained throughout the research and thereafter.
(4) Research involving the collection or study of existing data, documents, records, pathological specimens, or diagnostic specimens, if these sources are publicly available or if the information is recorded by the Investigator or Project Director in such a manner that subjects cannot be identified, directly or through identifiers linked to the subjects.
(5) Research and demonstration projects which are conducted by or subject to the approval of Department or Agency heads, and which are designed to study, evaluate, or otherwise examine: (i) Public benefit or service programs; (ii) procedures for obtaining benefits or services under those programs; (iii) possible changes in or alternatives to those programs or procedures; or (iv) possible changes in methods or levels of payment for benefits or services under those programs.
(6) Taste and food quality evaluation and consumer acceptance studies, (i) if wholesome foods without additives are consumed or (ii) if a food is consumed that contains a food ingredient at or below the level and for a use found to be safe, or agricultural chemical or environmental contaminant at or below the level found to be safe, by the Food and Drug Administration or approved by the Environmental Protection Agency or the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Under federal regulations certain types of research qualify for an ‘expedited’ review http://www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/expedited98.html. These are activities that (1) present no more than minimal risk to human subjects, and (2) involve only procedures specified in federal regulations. The activities listed should not be deemed to be of minimal risk simply because they are included on this list. Inclusion on the list merely means that the activity is eligible for review through the expedited review procedure when the specific circumstances of the proposed research involve no more than minimal risk to human subjects.
The list of categories of research that may be reviewed by the IRB through an expedited review is as follows:
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