Institutional Research

Institutional Review Board

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Salt Lake Community College is in place to ensure that research conducted at the College remains in compliance with the Federal guidelines that protect research participants and their personal data and/or information.

IRB Process Instructions

  1. Complete Human Subjects Protocol Training through National Institutes of Health
  2. Download the IRB Proposal Application and submit via email
  3. Attach Human Subjects Protocol certificate and any other supporting documentation to an email and submit to Jessie Winitzky-Stephens

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the IRB?

It is important that any research that occurs on campus involving human subjects or participants undergoes IRB scrutiny because:

  • Conducting ethical research requires the participant's voluntary informed consent. This means ensuring participants understand how their information will be used, who has access to it, the potential risks and benefits, how the subject was selected/identified, and the right to refuse participation without fear of reprisal.
  • Research conducted without prior IRB approval is typically not considered for publication by peer-reviewed academic journals.
  • Research that uses any amount of Federal grant money is required to be conducted with IRB approval.

Does my research project need IRB approval?

Yes, if your project uses information gathered directly from human participants. If you're interested in gathering secondary or institutional data, there is no need for IRB approval. However, if your methodology involves surveying, interviewing, conducting focus groups, or collecting biometric data, it must go through the IRB.

How long will it take to get IRB approval?

In most cases at the College, a full IRB review isn't required and expedited approval can be granted within 2-3 business days. Studies that require full IRB approval will take more time because the potential risk to participants is greater. Therefore, careful review of the research plan is vital to protect all parties--including the researcher. Projects of this type might involve changing a class, or practice to measure the effect on students; interviewing members of a vulnerable population, including prisoners, persons under 18 years of age, victims of crime or trauma, or the developmentally-disabled; or offering an incentive for participation, such as payment, credit, or gifts.

If you have specific questions about the IRB approval process at Salt Lake Community College, please contact one of the two IRB Co-Chairs: Dr. Joseph Diaz or Jessie Winitzky-Stephens.

For more general information about the purpose and mission of IRBs, please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services Code of Regulations and History of Institutional Review Boards.

IRB Members

Dr. Joseph D. Diaz, Co-Chair

Director, Institutional Research

Jessie Winitzky-Stephens, Co-Chair

Statistical Analyst, Institutional Research