The purpose of the Volunteer State Institutional Review Board is to protects the rights and welfare of human subjects used in research and to ensure the protection and safety of Volunteer State Community College (VSCC) personnel and students in studies involving nonhuman subjects.
Both internal and external requests for research must be submitted for review. Faculty and staff (both full-time and part-time) using human subjects or identifiable, private information about human subjects to conduct research outside the course and scope of their duties are required to have prior approval from the IRB before research is initiated. Both internal and external researchers must submit a Request to Conduct Research, along with documentation showing that IRB approval has been obtained by their home institution’s IRB, if applicable. Projects must be approved regardless of whether the research is funded and regardless of the source of funds. This policy also applies to students whose research is conducted under the advisement of a faculty member except when research is for classroom instructional purposes only. Research that is conducted without IRB exemption or approval is not in compliance with VSCC policy and federal regulations.
Review our VSCC IRB Policy.