Institutional Review Board

Introduction

Science is a process of formulating hypotheses about how the natural world works and then testing those ideas with rigorous research methods so that knowledge can be generalized. The College of Saint Scholastica embraces research activity among its students, faculty, and staff as an expression of its value for Love of Learning. When research activity involves humans as participants in scientific studies, it is necessary to protect their rights, safety, and general well-being. The College of Saint Scholastica is committed to this important role in establishing and empowering the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to review all research activity by students, faculty, and staff at The College. In so doing, it meets an obligation for compliance with Federal Regulations for protecting human subjects. 

This web page is intended to assist researchers at The College of St. Scholastica to better prepare proposals for review by the IRB, and thereby more thoroughly think through the ethical considerations for their research.

As a first step in the process of applying to the IRB, all principal investigators and co-investigators must participate in a training tutorial on the ethical principles of research. You must complete the National Institutes of Health (NIH) training tutorial and submit it as part of your application. Click the link below to get started; you will be asked to create a username and password. Once completed, save your certificate in pdf format.

Please Note: The link to the training tutotial below will expire on September 26, 2018.  The College of St. Scholastica IRB will provide a new link with instructions here in its place in time for researchers to comply with this requirement after September 26th.

NIH Tutorial 

The only way to submit an application to the IRB is by sending your application and related files to irb@css.edu. All files should be in MS Word or pdf format. 

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