Human Participants and Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Granite State College is committed to the protection of the rights and welfare of the participants in research investigations conducted under the jurisdiction of the College. Granite State College believes that review independent of the investigator is necessary to safeguard the rights and welfare of human participants. All research involving human participants is conducted in accordance with federal regulations, including Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46 (45 CFR 46). The review process is outlined in the Granite State College Guidelines for the Protection of Human Participants in Research and Guidelines for Learners. These guidelines apply to any student, faculty, or staff who conducts research with human participants under the auspices of the College. Both documents are available by selecting the links below.
In accordance with this policy, all Granite State College research activities which involve human participants, regardless of the level of risk foreseen, require review and written approval by the College’s IRB prior to the initiation of the activity.
Procedures, Obligations and Responsibilities of Researchers
- Research investigators acknowledge and accept their responsibility for protecting the rights and welfare of human participants and for complying with all applicable Granite State College policies.
- Research investigators who intend to involve human participants will not make the final determination of exemption from review.
- Research investigators are responsible for providing a copy of the informed consent document to each participant at the time of consent.
- Research investigators will promptly report proposed changes in previously approved human participant research activities to their instructor. If the research investigator is not a student, changes will be reported to the Office of Academic Affairs.
- Research investigators will promptly report to their instructor or to the Office of Academic Affairs any injuries or other unanticipated problems involving risks to participants and others.