Institutional Review Board
The STLCOP Institutional Review Board has been established to ensure protection of the rights and welfare of all human subjects participating in research conducted by STLCOP investigators.
“Research” is defined as any systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalized knowledge. Each investigator, faculty member, or student, who conducts or collaborates in a research activity, is responsible for knowing whether or not their research involves human subjects; this means: 1) the investigator obtains data through interaction or intervention with the research subject, or 2) obtains identifiable private information. The IRB complies with federal human subject regulations, and has assured the federal government of this fact. Therefore, cooperation of all faculty, students, and staff is absolutely essential.
It is the responsibility of the investigator to be familiar with the procedures stated in the College IRB Manual available at this Web site. Our goal is to provide policies and procedures to quickly evaluate proposals for research. Since the task of understanding and interpreting the regulations may be daunting, the IRB will provide any individualized assistance to investigators so that compliance of these regulations is achieved. A schedule of IRB meetings is established at the beginning of each semester.
The IRB manual and all necessary forms can be found on MySTLCOP's IRB site MYSTLCOP.