Grants and Sponsored Programs: Policies and Regulations
IRB Training Information
Greetings from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). This year the committee is composed of the following individuals:
- Arts & Sciences: Matt Chenoweth and Sarah Mergel (Chair)
- Business: Jon Littlefield
- Education: Gregory Smith
- Health Professions: Lynda Ridley
- Community: Sandy McKenzie (Hamilton Health)
- Provost: Bruno Hicks
We work in conjunction with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs to help ensure the college follows all federal guidelines for human subjects research. As such, the committee oversees the internal training course and reviews all applications for human subjects research. All research involving human subjects in anyway must be reviewed by the IRB; researchers cannot independently determine whether their research falls within the federal guidelines or outside the federal guidelines.
Prior to completing an application, a researcher must complete a training course on protecting human subject participants. For most members of the campus community, our internal training course will provide a solid overview of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”). If you are completing a grant application or partnering with a researched at another institution you may need outside training.
Beginning this year, faculty, staff, and students should click on self-registration from the GeorgiaVIEW Homepage and choose Human Subjects Research Training – CO from the list. Once enrolled in the course, review the announcement on the course homepage for more information on completing the training. Employees supervising student research, should let students know how to access the course in GeorgiaVIEW so they can complete training prior to submitting a student application.
With the new training course, individuals who successfully complete the course will be able to save a copy of a certificate of completion. If you previously trained, you can still use your saved quiz results to verify training for your applications. However, you can enroll in the new course and retake the quiz for the formal certificate. You will need a copy of your certificate or quiz results for all applications. The IRB does not keep a formal record of who has completed training.
IRB applications are available through Dynamic Forms. You can find links for the forms on the IRB website (see link below) and in the training course. You can also find sample forms (as PDFs) in the training course so you will know what questions you must answer when you complete an application. The IRB has created a variety of applications to choose from. Here are some scenarios to help guide your choice of application.
- If you are employee planning research involving minimal risk to participants and the intention to publish or present your findings, then you will complete the Application for Approval of Exempt Research with Human Subject Participants.
- If you are an employee planning research involving minimal risk to participants though you are only planning to collect data for the purpose of improving services at the college, then you will complete the Application for Approval of Institutional Effectiveness Research.
- If you are an employee planning to serve as a co-investigator with a colleague at another institution and the principal investigator completes an application at his/her/their institution, then you will complete the Notification of Intent to Serve as a Co-Investigator on a Human Subject Research Project.
The material in the training course should help you determine which application to complete. Approval cannot be given retroactively. Moreover, unapproved human subjects research is a violation of the federal guidelines and can have negative consequences for you as well as the college. Therefore, you need to conclude the IRB process before starting your research. Once your application is approved, save a copy of the PDF of your application for your records.
For additional introductory information on human subjects research, you can visit https://www.daltonstate.edu/academics/irb.cms. Feel free to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about training or submitting an application.
Sarah K. Mergel, PhD Professor of History
Chair, Institutional Review Board
Dalton State College
Human Subjects Research Policy
Principal Investigator and Project Director Eligibility