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Institutional Review Board at GRCC

The National Research Act, Public Law 93-348, mandates that an institutional review board (IRB), or human subjects committee, must be established by any university that receives federal funding for biomedical or behavioral research. Institutions found to be in non-compliance with regulations can lose federal funding of both its research and student programs. In its broadest sense the purpose of the IRB is to protect the rights and safety of human subjects. In fulfilling its task the IRB must carefully examine research proposals to arrive at an independent determination that the research will meet the following ethical criteria:

  • Risks to subjects are minimized.
  • Risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to anticipated benefits.
  • Selection of subjects is equitable.
  • Informed consent is sought from each prospective subject or the subject's legally authorized representative.
  • Informed consent is appropriately documented.
  • When appropriate, the research plan makes adequate provision for monitoring the data collected, to ensure the safety of subjects.
  • When appropriate, there are adequate provisions to protect the privacy of subjects, and to maintain the confidentiality of data.
  • Additional safeguards are included to insure that members of vulnerable populations (e.g., children, prisoners, pregnant women, mentally disabled persons, or economically or educationally disadvantaged persons) are not the subject of coercion or undue influence.

Application Materials

Applications requiring IRB committee review between June and September will not be accepted.

Meetings and Application Materials Due Dates

GRCC's IRB committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month, October through May. Application materials are due by the 25th of the month preceding each meeting in order to be considered. The table below specifies the IRB committee meeting date, and the due date for application materials to be reviewed during that meeting.

Application Due Committee Meeting Status
September 25, 2022 October 12, 2022  
October 25, 2022 November 9, 2022  
November 25, 2022 December 14, 2022  
December 25, 2022 January 11, 2023  
January 25, 2023 February 8, 2023  
February 25, 2023 March 15, 2023  
March 25, 2023 April 12, 2023  
April 25, 2023 May 10, 2023  

IRB Composition

Each IRB is required to have at least 5 members with sufficient diversity with respect to gender, race, cultural background, and professional expertise. Each IRB must include members whose primary concerns are in scientific areas and in nonscientific areas and at least one member not affiliated with the institution. The diversity of IRB membership should enable it to assess the ethical acceptability of a research proposal with respect to its:

  • Scientific merit
  • Sensitivity to community attitudes
  • Safeguarding of research participants rights and welfare
  • Institutional commitments and obligations
  • Applicable law (risk management)
  • Standards of professional conduct and practice

2021-22 Members

  • Kevin Dobreff, co-chair
  • Amanda Kruzona, co-chair
  • Werner Absenger
  • Jennifer Borrello
  • Lakisha Beck
  • Lisa Dopke
  • Cheryl Endres
  • Dan Groh
  • Kristi Haik
  • Daisy Henderson
  • Tim Hoving
  • Nathaniel Lloyd
  • Sophie Rubin
  • Cedric Williams

Contact

To submit IRB documents and supporting materials, or if you have questions about the IRB process, please email institutionalreviewboard@grcc.edu.

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