Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The Augustana College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is established to ensure that the rights and welfare of human participants in research are protected. It is the responsibility of those proposing research with human subjects to be familiar with the Augustana IRB Policy.
The rules governing human subject research are described in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 45 CFR 46. Augustana's Institutional Review Board is federally approved and registered with the Office of Human Research Protections. The IRB meets regularly during the academic year and as needed.
Investigators, as well as any assistant directly involved in data collection, are required to provide certification of training in the protection of human subjects in research within three years of a project start date. This requirement may be satisfied through a free NIH web-based training.
Please feel free to contact the Chair of the IRB Committee with questions or for guidance prior to submitting a proposal. View the steps describing what you, as the researcher, might expect.
The IRB has developed several resources for investigators, who are encouraged to use these resources when submitting a proposal:
- IRB Proposal Forms and Templates
- Reviewer Checklists
- Online Training Modules: NIH, CITI
- The Common Rule — DHHS 45 CFR 46
- Belmont Report
- Declaration of Helsinki
- Nuremburg Code
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
- Policy and Procedures for Dealing with and Reporting Possible Misconduct in Science