Human Subjects Research
Stephens College Policy on Human Subjects Research
SC and federal policies and regulations require that any research activities involving human subjects be conducted in such a manner as to:
- Respect and protect the rights and welfare of the subjects involved;
- Ensure that informed consent is obtained when this is appropriate / required; and
- Ensure that potential benefits from the research outweigh any risks
- SC is fully committed to ensuring the responsible and ethical treatment of any human subjects involved in research, whether conducted by College students or employees directly, or in partnership with others on- or off-campus. This responsibility is shared by SC and the individual researcher(s). It is SC’s responsibility to ensure that this policy and mandated procedures are in place, fully communicated, and effectively administered.
As a matter of policy, anyone proposing to conduct research of any kind involving human subjects must first obtain the approval of SC’s Institutional Review Board (IRB), initially through the IRB Chair – Assistant Professor of Management and Economics, and if deemed necessary, through a convening of the full IRB.
Procedures for Submitting Research Approval Requests
Please refer to the Human Subjects Research (HSR) Faculty and Staff Manual (PDF) for information regarding policies, procedures, frequently asked questions, a glossary of terms, and other information. All requests must use the appropriate forms (see links below) and must be submitted electronically at least 30 calendar days prior to the date of the intended research.
- Orlando Smith, Chair – School of Organizational Leadership and Strategic Communication
- Alexandria Zylstra – School of Humanities and Sciences
- Jeff Phillips – School of Humanities and Sciences
Forms and Other Links
- Internal Proposal to Conduct Research on SC campus
- External Proposal to Conduct Research on SC campus
- Informed Consent template for Surveys
- Human Subjects Research Faculty and Staff Manual
Links to Information on Human Subjects Research