Sauk Valley Community College

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Information for Researchers Affiliated with SVCC

(i.e. employee or student)

When should a researcher request approval for the project?

All researchers are required to submit a completed Human Subject Research Request Form to the Dean of Institutional Research and Planning, at least 30 days prior to conducting the research.

If a project is initiated prior to receiving approval, the researcher will be required to cease the research activities immediately. There are no exceptions.

Procedures for requesting approval

  1. Request a Human Subject Research Request Form from the Dean of Institutional Research and Planning.
  2. Electronically submit the completed form to the Dean of Institutional Research and Planning at least 30 days prior to the start of the research project. Signatures are not required at this time.
  3. The Dean of Institutional Research and Planning will review the request and may take any of the following actions:
    1. Approve the research;
    2. Request clarifications, revisions, or additional information;
    3. Deny the research project;
    4. Convene the full Institutional Review Board (IRB) as needed.
  4. The Dean of Institutional Research and Planning will inform the researcher in writing or by email of all decisions regarding the proposed research project.
  5. If the research project is approved, the researcher will submit a signed, printed copy of the request form within a week of being informed of the approval, and prior to initiating the research.

Of Particular Interest of SVCC Students

Are students required to obtain approval for research related to course assignments?
Yes. Students will need a faculty or staff member to approve the research and to serve as the research sponsor. The employee will be able to download the request form from FAST.

Of Particular Interest of SVCC Faculty

What about information or data collected in the classroom or in class assignments?
Ordinarily, this does not require IRB review as long as resulting information remains confidential. This may include class level assessments for the following purposes:
  • To assess student grasp of subject matter or to evaluate curriculum;
  • To demonstrate the use of diagnostic or monitoring equipment (e.g., vital signs monitoring, blood pressure, pulse rate, etc.).