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Institutional Review Board

Research with Human Participants

Research with Human Participants (also called human subjects research) is any activity intended to obtain and record information from or about individuals for research purposes. Examples of such research include: surveys, observations of human behavior, experiments involving human responses, and collection of data from existing school records. The MMC IRB reviews research of this nature at MMC. The primary aim of this review process is to protect the basic rights of research participants, namely their right to be protected from harm and to be protected from invasion of privacy. The procedures for review and approval are regularly revised by the IRB to ensure their concurrence with relevant professional codes of ethics and with federal regulation Title 45, Part 46, effective July 14, 2009. In January 2014, the Academic Affairs Office applied for a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) and registered its Institutional Review Board (IRB) with the federal government.

If you are conducting or supervising research with human subjects, and if you are employed by Marymount Manhattan College or you wish to do research on the premises of Marymount Manhattan College, then your study must be reviewed by the MMC IRB.

In order to initiate the review process, you need to complete the appropriate application (faculty/staff application for  expedited or full review, student application for review, or application for exempt from review status).  The application will require that you supply the IRB with information on your procedure, its risks and benefits, and, if applicable, such safeguards as informed consent by participants, participants’ anonymity, and confidentiality of data.

The IRB meets monthly during the school year and less frequently during the summer months.  The IRB will act on your application as quickly as possible. After your application has been approved, you must notify the IRB if you change research procedures or if you plan to continue your research more than one year past the initial approval date.

The IRB works with researchers to facilitate research. If an initial proposal is rejected, the Committee provides written feedback. If a revised proposal is submitted, the Committee re-evaluates that proposal.

The IRB for 2014-15 includes Michelle Ronda (now at BMCC), Leslie Levin (Business), Mark Conard (Philosophy), Jeff Morrison (Theatre; Co-Chair of IRB), and Linda Solomon (Psychology; Co-Chair of IRB).  The meeting schedule may be obtained from either Prof. Morrison or Prof. Solomon.