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Institutional Review Board (IRB)

3.32 Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Year Adopted


The College requires that research connected with the institution protect human subjects. To ensure that research is conducted ethically with benefits outweighing the risks to participants, researchers much submit proposals and documentation to an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before initiating any research project.

The IRB will review all proposed research involving human subjects to ensure their rights and welfare are protected and that participants are treated ethically. Proposals will be reviewed to determine whether or not they are exempt from review, require minimal risk to provide for expedited review or involve vulnerable populations requiring more than minimal risk. Proposals determined to require more than minimal risk will undergo a full review by the IRB in compliance with federal guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services (CFR Title 45, Part 46).


The IRB will consist of five members, deemed sufficiently qualified through experience and expertise to promote respect for its advice and counsel in safeguarding the rights and welfare of human subjects. Meetings of the IRB will be held as needed. The Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation (ED) will serve as the first and primary point of contact for all inquiries and submissions related to the IRB.

All proposals will undergo an initial review by the ED. Those proposals that do not require human subjects review will be exempt from the IRB process and the ED will notify the requestor. Proposals received from another institution that have undergone a documented IRB approval from another source may also undergo an expedited review.

Investigators seeking to conduct research on the CPTC campus, or those whose research involves CPTC employees or students are required to review the CPTC IRB guidelines, policies and procedures available on the college website. Investigators must submit applications to the IRB at least one month prior to the proposed start date for the research project. Research applications will be decided on by the IRB within thirty days of the application submission.