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Institutional Review Board


The Jefferson College Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a panel authorized by the Jefferson College Board of Trustees to review potential research projects at Jefferson College involving human subjects. The statutory foundations for the IRB are 45 CFR 46 and 21 CFR 56. IRBs exist in order to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in research, whether medical, psychological or academic. For those unfamiliar with IRBs, please consult the linked FAQ.

In accordance with 45CFR 46.112, once approved by the IRB, the final determination of research approval at Jefferson College rests with the Jefferson College Administrative Team.

Any individual interested in conducting research at Jefferson College which will involve human subjects is urged to contact the IRB as soon as possible and submit an Initial Notice of Potential Research. This form will be completed electronically and emailed to the chair of the IRB at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . The IRB and the Administrative Team will determine whether the research matches statutory requirements for IRB review, and whether an expedited review process is appropriate.

All researchers working with human subjects are encouraged to complete the National Institute of Health's module on Protecting Human Research Participants. This is required if the research proposal goes through a complete IRB review, but is advisable also for exempt research.

If a full IRB review is appropriate, the following documents will be required:

  1. Initial Notice of Potential Research
  2. A Research Proposal Form
  3. A copy of Informed Consent documents (if applicable)
  4. Copies of any questionnaires or other documents to be given to research participants (if applicable)
  5. Copies of any grants or external funding being used to support the research (if applicable)
  6. Copies of previous IRB approvals (if applicable)
  7. Copies of Certificates of Completion of the National Institute of Health's Protecting Human Research Participants for each researcher.

The IRB has meetings scheduled each month. Full IRB approval will be considered at the next available monthly meeting