Responsibilities and Procedures
Institutional Review Board Responsibilities
- a) Developing and disseminating a Policy Regarding Human Subject and Code of Ethics for the protection of human subjects in all projects;
- b) Developing and implementing review procedures for ensuring the protection of human subjects in all covered projects, in collaboration with other members of the Wentworth community;
- c) Promoting professional development within the Wentworth community about the ethical and legal obligations associated with human subjects projects;
- d) Conducting reviews of all covered project proposals to ensure that such research will be carried out in a manner which safeguards the rights and well-being of the subjects
Institutional Review Board Proposal Procedures
- The IRB will meet once a month, as needed, in each of the three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall).
- In a basic review, the following questions should be answered:
- Are adequate procedures in place to ensure privacy and confidentiality?
- Has informed consent been sought and documented?
- Has the IRB approved the consent form?
- Have the risks to subjects been minimized?
- Are the risks reasonable as compared to anticipated benefits?
- Is the selection of subjects equitable?
- Are safeguards in place to protect vulnerable populations?
- Applications for IRB review and all attachments should be emailed to the IRB Chair. IRB decisions will be promptly communicated to the researcher, in writing, within 15 working days.
- Copies of all applications and approvals as well as annual reviews will be maintained in the Provost’s Office.