Institutional Review Board

Institutional Review Board

About the Institutional Review Board

The Forman Christian College University  Institutional Review Board (IRB) is charged with reviewing human and animal subjects research. FCCU is committed to protect the rights, welfare, and privacy of individuals participating as subjects in research.

The FCCU- IRB is guided by the ethical principles set forth in the Belmont Report, federal regulations (e.g. DHHS regulations 45 CFR Part 46), state or local laws, and College policies. In accordance with these principles, the IRB strives to create a culture of respect for, and awareness of, the rights and welfare of research participants.

Fulfilling our obligation to uphold the ethical principles and regulations is critical for several reasons:

  1. Compliance with the procedures outlined by the regulations provides research subjects protection from harm that might result from their participation in research.
  2. Compliance with these procedures improves the overall quality of the research conducted at FCCU.
  3. Acknowledgment of the issues inherent to human subject’s research and compliance with the regulations guiding human subjects research will allow faculty and student to continue to conduct research on meaningful and culturally relevant topics.
  4. Many of the concepts outlined in the codes of conduct and ethical principles for research are equivalent to the core values of FCCU,including intellectual inquiry, social responsibility, civic engagement, and cultural awareness. Therefore, the protection of human subjects is a necessary mean to uphold those values.

IRB Review Procedures


All research involving human subjects conducted at FCCU by faculty, students, or staff must be reviewed and approved by the IRB followed by department enforcement of the process, prior to the collection of any data or interaction with any research subjects.
Meeting Schedule
Applications for review must be submitted by, at least,  one week before the meeting in order to be reviewed in that trimester’s meeting. Applications received after the submission deadline will be reviewed at the next scheduled meeting.
If you are not sure if your project will require full-board review, please contact the board at

Meeting Dates
IRB meetings are scheduled quarterly, on the 2nd week of month.

* The IRB reserves the right to cancel or change IRB meeting.

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