Institutional Review Board Policies for Research with and Protection of Human Subjects
Intitutional Review Board
This policy's purpose is to protect human subjects of original research conducted either at Kalamazoo College or by an employee or student of Kalamazoo College. It is intended to assure that subjects of research are aware of their rights and protections. Moreover, the College is required to assure the federal government that such safeguards are being provided and enforced. These safeguards are derived from ethical principles articulated in the Belmont Report issued by the national Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research in 1979. Kalamazoo College follows the ethical principles articulated by the Belmont Report which are: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Human subjects should enter into research voluntarily and with adequate information. Possible risks to human subjects should be weighted against possible benefits and possible improvement of knowledge. Selection of human subjects should ensure that no group of participants is either consistently selected or deprived of the opportunity to participate. The IRB also recognizes that research with human subjects is a privilege - not a right, and that researchers must respect the dignity and integrity of study participants. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the body charged with reviewing, prior to its commencement, all research involving human subjects conducted under the auspices of Kalamazoo College. The procedures for review described below adhere to the regulations of the Department of Health and Human services (45 CFR 46, as amended and published in the Federal Register on June 18, 1991). The College has adopted sections from the policies of The College of Wooster, Middlebury College, and Bryn Mawr College.