Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects
Are you conducting research? If your project proposal involves research of human subjects as defined by the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR
part 46), the project must be reviewed by Western Wyoming Community College's IRB. The WWCC Office of Planning and Improvement will help you
determine whether your project/proposal fits the definitions of "research" and "human subjects" and will help you complete the forms for submission
to the IRB.
To conduct research that involves the use of human subjects, the College is required by federal mandate to have an assurance of compliance for
protection of human research subjects. This assurance serves as WWCC's agreement with the government in promising that all individuals involved in
human subjects research will be treated ethically.
Principle Investigators should familiarize themselves with these documents prior to initiating research.
WWCC's IRB policies and procedures are based upon the following:
Initial IRB Review:
Following an initial review of the application describing the nature of the research, a proposal may be:
Exempt from further review.
Appropriate for an Expedited review by the chair and sub-committee.
Subject to Full Review by the full IRB.
Once a project is approved, the approval is effective for no more than one year. A continuation application must be submitted before the end of the approved year. If the
application is not reviewed, all work on the project must be stopped. This includes data analysis, even if no contact with subjects is occurring.
If any changes occur in the project within the approval year, it is necessary to contact the Office of Student Learning. Prior to changes being
instituted, Principle Investigators are to submit a request for an addendum or modifications to the Office of Planning and Improvement. In an
addendum the Principle Investigator explains any proposed changes and includes any relevant supplemental materials. Supplemental materials may
include, but are not limited to, revised consent forms, copies of recruitment posters and ads or additional instruments.
Principle Investigators are also responsible for the retention of all data pertaining to the research project. The government requires records to be retained for three years after
the close of the project.
Review Process for Full Board Review:
The IRB meeting is generally held the second Friday each month during the semester. On the meeting date, members discuss and vote on each application. The following scenarios
represent possible outcomes:
Approved: Application is approved with no revisions.
Contingent/pending revisions: Application may be approved once specific revisions are made.
Denied: Application is denied without further consideration.
Principle Investigators must have completed Office for Human Research Protections (ORHP) approved training within the last two years prior to
project approval. IRB training documentation must be kept on file with the Office of Planning and Improvement.