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Institutional Review Board


North Shore Community College encourages faculty, staff and students to pursue scholarly research. To support this research NSCC operates an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure that appropriate standards are met in the treatment of human subjects. The IRB is registered with the federal Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) which is part of The Department of Health and Human Services. This registration and the assurance associated with it (Federalwide Assurance) means that NSCC protects the rights and welfare of human participants in research according to federal regulations and approved practices.

The ethical principles that are fundamental to a federally registered Institutional Review Board are:

  • Respect for Persons represented by informed consent
  • Beneficence represented by risk/benefit assessments
  • Justice represented by the fair selection of research subjects and fair selection of outcomes

The IRB is charged with reviewing, approving or requiring modifications in research using human subjects conducted by, or through, NSCC. The IRB does not evaluate the merits of the research or research design but is solely responsible for assuring compliance with ethical standards for the informed consent, confidentiality, and risks related to participants.

To learn more about the IRB process and how to apply for IRB review for your research project, please follow the links on the left.

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