Part 1: Purpose
The purpose of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) is to protect the rights and well-being of human research subjects by reviewing and approving proposals for research on human subjects that (a) is sponsored or conducted by the college, its faculty, staff, or students, or (b) has as its subjects the college’s faculty, staff, or students.
Part 2: Policy Statement
Lake Superior College (LSC) has formed an Institutional Review Board with the authority to approve, require modifications, or disapprove any research activities that fall within its jurisdiction or under the auspices of the college No human subjects research shall be conducted at LSC without first obtaining IRB review and approval.
Part 3: Definitions
Subpart A: Research
Research means a systematic investigation designed to contribute to generalized knowledge.
Subpart B: Human Subjects
Human subjects are living persons about whom an investigator obtains identifiable private information or with whom the investigator intervenes or interacts.
Subpart C: Human Subjects Research
Human subjects research ordinarily does not include:
- Surveys, interviews, or other studies conducted for institutional use or improvement only.
- Assessment of student learning at the course, program, or college level.
- Secondary analysis of publicly available data or de-identified private data.
- Research conducted by students as part of routine course assignments for the sole purpose of achieving the academic goals of the course.
Date Implemented: February 3, 2005
Date Updated: October 30, 2014
Date Reviewed/Updated: January 2022
History: LSC policy 3.50 (previously numbered as 3.30) included procedure. Procedure separated out and updated to create procedure 3.50.1.
President’s Signature Date: April 28, 2022