Research is essential to understanding
Role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The role of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of Maricopa County Community Colleges District is to review all proposed research involving human subjects to ensure that subjects are treated ethically and that their rights and welfare are adequately protected. All research activities involving the use of human subjects must be reviewed and approved by the IRB before data collection can begin. Investigators may not solicit subject participation or begin data collection until they have received written approval from the IRB.
The IRB is composed primarily of faculty members from disciplines in which research involving human subjects is integral to that discipline's work, administrators who have responsibility for research, institutional researchers, and additionally, board members from the community.
To obtain IRB approval
Step 1: Complete required HSR training
Researchers are required to complete the Human Subjects Research training prior to submitting their research for review. Training is available now at CITI Program. (The Organization Affiliation is Maricopa County Community College District and the training course is the one for Social-Behavioral-Educational Researchers. It has both required and elective modules.) The training requires registration but is provided at no cost to those affiliated with Maricopa Community Colleges.
Once you have successfully completed the required course, you need to download your completion report to include in your IRB application. For more information on how to enroll and complete the course, visit CITI Instructions.
Step 2: Obtain institutional approval
The researcher needs to obtain institutional approval from the chief academic officer at the college serving as a site for the study. This would be the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) at the individual colleges. However, if the study involves more than five colleges, or the District Office (DO), then the researcher must obtain institutional approval from the Provost.
To obtain the approval, the researcher needs to 1) download and complete this fillable PDF, and 2) then email it to the relevant official for signature. If approval is granted, then the researcher needs to attach the 1) completed form, and 2) approval email to their application in eProtocol.
Step 3: Obtain eProtocol login info
Contact the IRB Coordinator to request a login ID to access the e-Protocol application form.
Step 4: Submit the IRB application
Complete and submit the application form at this link: https://mcccd.keyusa.net
Important to Know
- Institutional approval does not commit the college or District to provide resources or data collection for the investigator(s).
- IRB approval does not commit the college or District to recruit for or participate in the project, nor provide resources or data collection for the investigator(s).
- If the IRB disapproves the study, the investigator(s) cannot conduct the study, but they may revise and resubmit the proposal to the IRB.