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Institutional Review Board

Statement of Principles

Illinois Central College (ICC) is led by a mission and vision that defines the organizational culture of the College. Employees recognize that its purpose is about transforming lives through education. The vision is based on a belief that all people should be provided an equal opportunity for a college education. Students should not have to “settle” when they attend ICC. Instead, ICC wants students to be surprised by the quality of its programs and services. The core values are the operating principles that guide daily behaviors and decision-making. The College strives to fulfill its mission, vision, and values in an honorable and ethical manner. As part of sustaining these principles, the ICC Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for the review, approval, and protection of all human subjects participating in research at and on behalf of the College. Policies and procedures have been designed to ensure that decisions made by the IRB embrace the ethical principles set forth by the Health and Human Services Code of Federal Regulations, Title 45, Public Welfare, Part 46, Protection of Human Subjects, the Declaration of Helsinki, the National Commission of Protection of Human Participants of Biomedical and Behavior Research, The Nuremberg Code, and the Belmont Report.

The IRB consists of eight members with varying backgrounds to promote complete and adequate review of research activities commonly conducted at the College. Selected members meet or exceed the minimal requirements set forth in Federal regulations and are charged to carry out their duties in a fair and ethical manner. The IRB may, in its discretion, invite individuals with competence in special areas to assist in the review of issues which require expertise beyond or in addition to that available on the IRB. These individuals may not vote with the IRB. Researchers who have submitted a proposal for review will be notified following a scheduled IRB meeting as to whether their proposal has been approved, rejected, modified, or returned for further action. Notes and records will be the property of the Office of Institutional Research at ICC.

All research involving human subjects must be formally reviewed and approved before any data are collected. Research protocols should be completed and submitted to Room L429 on the East Peoria campus, attention Aimee Cook. The level of review required for each protocol will be determined by the Chairperson of the IRB. The levels of review include: exempt, expedited, or full IRB review.

The IRB will meet each December and May to review policies, procedures, and matters pertinent to the completion of the duties of their office. Within two weeks of the receipt of a request to conduct research involving human subjects, the Chair shall notify each member of the IRB of the status of the review and schedule a meeting as appropriate to that status.